Last Shelter - 2008

Shed, Neon, Felt, Paint, Bark, Chair

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Last Shelter explores how concepts and belief systems, regardless of their purpose, can be instilled in us through repeat conditioning, affecting our most basic understanding of reality.

It takes form as a participatory project comprising of pre fabricated buildings housing de-conditioning chambers. The interiors are lined with thick black felt with floors coated in pungent wood bark, giving a strong fermenting smell and uneven walking surfaces. Entering one at a time participants are plunged alone into a disorientating space of total darkness. Finding a chair the participant is then faced with a blinding neon text, pulsing intermittently at a specific frequency. Contrasting with the darkness of the interior the message leaves a dazzling after glow, punctuated again by complete darkness.

Last Shelter provides an internal experience designed to question deeply held beliefs, with audience participation being central to the aims of the project. The installation explores themes that have characterised recent work, making parallels between social conditioning and religious experiences.

commissioned by UZ Events for The Environmental Art Project 2008