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An interactive audio/visual mural which invites the audience to re-codify and establish a new focus shift on their own desire by swinging the light between pleasure and pain




In Greek mythology, Phanes (= the one who enlightens), personification of desire, procreation and generation of new life, was the mystic first in order primeval deity, that was born out of Chaos and initiated the creation of the universe. Plato in his "Symposium" tried to define the essence of this primordial god by saying that Phanes is the offspring of Resource and Poverty, with the sense that when a person is "in love" then he or she is swinging in the axis that is formed of the notions of triumph and devastation.

In 1677 a Dutch philosopher named Baruch Spinoza, used the term "affectus" - traditionally translated as "emotion" - in order to describe the modification or variation produced in a body (including the mind) by an interaction with another body which increases or diminishes the body’s power of activity. In his book "Ethics" he defined Desire as the primordial affectus - "the actual essence of human" - which exists on the axis that is formed between Pleasure and Pain. Spinoza created an axis system that consists of opposing notions that emerged from these basic emotions.

By physically interacting with the light pendulum the users have the opportunity to navigate through intersected archetypal forms and reflect on their own essence.



SYLLABUS / CENTRAL IDEAS

Chaos - the beginning of everything (Hesiod, Theogony)

Phanes - mystic primeval deity of procreation and generation of new life (Orphic tradition)

Affectus - modification or variation produced in a body (including the mind) by an interaction with another body which increases or diminishes the body’s power of activity (Baruch Spinoza, Ethics)






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