|Peterborough Cathedral:||Honoring the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama:|
May 19-June 24 2012
Reflection is a collaborative installation which will be shown, in different forms, in two venues: In Spring 2012 it will form the core of a festival at Peterborough Cathedral in the UK. In the fall, it is projected to be a part of an arts festival at WCSU in Danbury, CT. This festival is a celebration of the Dalai Lama's visit to WCSU. The installation itself will consist of integrated music and art works, created in tandem, using methods we have developed over the last 5 years.
The audio is deployed in this way: Individual pieces of music will be heard via infrared headphones which will pick up different pieces depending on what particular work the viewer is actually facing. The notion of reflection is further carried out in the imitative counterpoint of the musical works.
One of the
wall reliefs, Desertmusic, is made
from 800 pages of old sheet music, unwanted leftovers from an almost dead
culture of chamber music performance in the home. It has been replaced by
television and revolutions in music and electronics, which are available to
people all over the globe. Like the new technologies we are finding to alleviate
the world’s water problems, we have to give up some cherished concepts and
look forward thoughtfully and compassionately to what will replace them.
Poem by Shen Xiu and response by Hui Neng in Platform Sutra.
body is the tree of perfect wisdom,
mind is the stand of a bright mirror.
all times diligently wipe it.
not allow it to become dusty.”
perfect wisdom has no tree,
has the bright mirror any stand.
is forever pure and clear.
is there any dust?
mind is the tree of perfect wisdom.
body is the stand of a bright mirror.
bright mirror is originally clear and pure.
has it been defiled by any dust?”
"The reflection is neither inside nor outside of the mirror, and thus
'things are freed of their "thing-ness", their isolation, without
being deprived of their form; they are divested of their materiality without
being dissolved.'" Atamsaka Sutra, attrib. Nagarjuna