falling awake

Single channel HD projection with sound

13 minutes, 2011

In January 2011, I was invited to participate on an International Art Project in Bodh Gaya, India. The project invited artists from all over the world to respond to the site of Bodh Gaya. A UNESCO world heritage and religious site it is a place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex. It is famous for being the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of Enlightenment. Falling Awake responds to notions of ‘Otherness’ by trying to explore the possibilities of a commonality between two sites through their struggle and desire to attain peace. Shot on location in Belfast Ireland & Bodh Gaya India, the piece takes on the form of a condensed journey or a pilgrimage through what at first appears to be disparate sites but on closer examination, traces of an omnipresent threat that may usurp both their fragile situations permeates the work.The work was shown in Bodh Gaya in January and is traveling to the Patna Museum, Bihar in India in March 2011.