LOCATION. Sydney, Australia
Metastasis is an interactive light installation discussing the conflict between personal indulgence and social responsibility utilising the environmental impact of energy consumption as a conceptual vehicle to express such dichotomy.
It takes human effort and participation to heal this social cancer and control the spread of wasteful consumption and strike a healthy balance between pleasure and guilty, comfort and self-imposed deprivation, physical/emotional indulgence and ethically oriented behaviour. Such conflicts are represented by the mechanisms of interaction between audience and artwork. When individuals step into the room, their shadows are caste over the cauldrons. Their projected silhouette, being dark, turns screen pixels off and, in consequence, brings the level of consumption down. That, in turn, causes the previously expanding waste cells to recede back to their sources, making the room grow less and less lit until eventually it ends up in almost total darkness. By engaging with the installation, the audience therefore also contributes to its demise. Just like natural resources, its utilisation and the indulgence on its cherished benefits here crystallised as aesthetic beauty inevitably leads to its exhaustion.
Collaborators: (Martin Tomitsch,Luke Hespanhol, Philip Peltz)
A video interview of the project can be found here http://vimeo.com/64285466