Multimedia Installation with video projectors and sourround sound
InMesh immerses visitors in a three-dimensional synthesis of Amazonian environmental images, sounds and sculptural objects. The multimedia installation represents how culture modulates our interactions with Nature.
Fishnets woven by the Shuar people of Ecuador entrap visitors to the space, coursing them through different spatial realities of spirituality, where men share a bond with other living creatures, and of materiality, where that bond is severed. The inclusion of poetry by Shuar poet Clarita Sharupi Jua adds poignancy to what the Shuar are in the process of losing and what we have already lost.
Not simply an either-or proposition, InMesh is a provocation engaging the public with the most pressing issues of our times. The piece asks visitors to reflect on the ubiquitousness and power of culture in defining who we are in relation to the natural world. Our goal is to facilitate a more critical dialogue that will contribute to establishing a more sustainable and, above all, more respectful relationship with the Earth.
InMesh was the first in a series of exhibitions on the environment, exploring diverse perspectives by artists worldwide presented at MediaNoche in 2014. The eco-series was curated by Judith Escalona, Director of MediaNoche: “We had seen a previous work by CAPASSO+KELLER+TINAJERO and were drawn to their intuitive way of fusing electronic and tactile elements that raise questions of sustainability. InMesh was the most fitting work to open our environmental series.”
As with the installation Palafitos, the artists created a survey to receive visitor feedback on the experience, which would serve to design future pieces.
Places exhibited: MediaNoche Media Gallery, New York, 2014
InMesh was made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and a NALAC Fund for the Arts grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.