Julia Sinelnikova (Residency)
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SENTINEL: TEMPLE OF SELF-AWARENESS
AN ENVIRONMENTAL LIGHT WORK BY JULIA SINELNIKOVA (NYC) MOHA ARTIST IN RESIDENCY JULY 2015
An interdisciplinary action of sculptural installation, video art, and interactive feedback, The Temple of Self-Awareness invites the audience into a reflective environment of self-surveillance, wherein a projection-mapped lightscape serves as a setting for observation and meditation. This environment of refractive light effects serves as a metaphor for the elusive, fragmented quality of modern communication, grounded at the center by the "BLARNEY" prism structure (named after the clandestine program which collects peer to peer metadata for the US government) which redirects laser beams in a reflective enclosure. Projected video features internet personas browsing, as well as a live feed of the audience-participants. A performance by the artist as THE ORACLE will activate the light work through a coordinated interaction and ritual.
The relationship of the human body to digital space is shifting swiftly, and the documentation of this process serves as its metadata. The mere awareness of being watched is obscured by the existing industrial complex, just as the censorship of violent imagery in modern media removes the physicality of the body from human rights crimes. Sentinel aims to focus the audience attention on the very basic idea of self-awareness in a sentient digital space, a system in which we are all participants to some degree, be it willing or otherwise.