The installation consists of 5 black towers, representing various ministries. A coloured light shines inside each tower, symbolising 5 different qualities: Love, Beauty, Equality, Freedom and Fun. Actors play commissioners of an Utopian society. The towers are designed with sharp angles: wooden plates rest on each other without any screws or other conjunctions. The exterior opening is 1,50 m high so a guest entering the temple has to bow down: a forced act of respect. The interior opening, which leads to the center of the temple, is just 1 m high, so people have to be on their knees.
By going through the inner gate the visitor is pushed into the worship position. Here the guest will meet ‘The Oracle’, a character performed by the artist. The Oracle is quiet, and guides the guest into meditation after which applies make-up on their face. Guests leave the temple marked as members of a new tribe. The encounter is very touching and intimate. Some people recalled having experienced deep emotions.

Installation, performance
Wood, IPads, coloured neon lights, foam, cup, make up, actors
5 towers of 300 x 180 cm each

Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, Graduation Show
Photo by Fabian Landewee, Jimmy on the Run, Laura A Dima
  • This project was supported by Berlagefonds

Related show:

  • 01.07.2015: Graduation Show until 05.07.2015
    • Gerrit Rietveld Academie
    • group show