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Symbols of Presence is a collage of animation, photography and sculpture that sit together to provide a space for reflection and daydreaming. In our first workshop we asked the young people to tear card by hand and apply it to an imaginary landscape. By panning over the work with a macro lens, these small compositions become tracking shots into imaginary worlds.
The central element is a circular balance beam sculpture that is inspired by the Daoist practice of walking in circles as an act of meditation. Audiences are invited to walk on the beam as a grounding exercise within the exhibition.
The accompanying audio features the young people experimenting with contact microphones and Tibetan singing bowls recorded in a workshop with sound healer Muna Mcadie to create an ambient and ethereal soundscape.
Special thanks to all the young people involved in this project; Rahan, Danyal, Asim, Habib, Maia, Lovae, Ammara, Mohammed, Imaeya and Fallon.