Modes of Departure
sound, video, and glass installation
each piece ~9" x 14"
A transient state of mind is characteristic of contemporary society. Whether in conversation, collaboration or simply perusing memories, we maintain an instinctual quest to find something different from - if not better than - what we have now. This cyclical, perpetual sense of departure, and its affect on our perception of where we are and what we are doing, is expressed via an array of translucent, and acoustically-resonant glass bodies.
"Modes of Departure" belongs to a family of installations that present high-amplitude cycles of steady-state flux in coasts, airports, and society. Its predecessor, "Coasts" (2006), involved aircraft landing and taking-off from various airports while matter flows into, along, and away from coasts. The current installation focuses on emotional cycles inherent in a transient society, including episodes of nostalgia we experience when are about to leave a place, or when we long for something better or different in another place.