The Holy Aura

The ‘Holy Au­ra’ in­stal­la­tion con­sists of four mas­sive stones placed one upon the other in or­der to pro­voke the re­sem­blance of an ob­ject of re­li­gious wor­ship, or a totem. The stones glow with a warm light which comes from within, glow­ing, slowly fad­ing in and out. Along with their glow, they pro­duce a quiet snor­ing sound. The art­work is based on two re­li­gious proverbs, The first is the an­cient Hindu proverb: “God sleeps in stone, breathes in plants, dreams in an­i­mals and awak­ens in man” and the sec­ond is an ex­pres­sion taken from the New Tes­ta­ment, a quote from Christ, who pre­dicted the fall of Jerusalem: “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon an­other that will not be thrown down.” Within this in­ter­sec­tion of teach­ings is en­cap­su­lated the ir­rec­on­cil­able con­flict be­tween east­ern and west­ern cul­tural and spir­i­tual tra­di­tions.
On the West­ern side there per­sists a highly rel­e­vant and cur­rent prophecy of the apoc­a­lypse, con­nected with the re­cur­rent fear in West­ern re­li­gious tra­di­tion of «God’s pun­ish­ment», which has be­fallen the in­hab­i­tants of Jerusalem due to their de­cline of morals and the un­just rule of in­signif­i­cant men. Ac­cord­ing to the bib­li­cal doc­trine, the sin is it­self pain and there­fore pun­ish­ment enough and would in­evitably lead to the death of man. How­ever the Hindu phi­los­o­phy, pro­vides an el­e­gant philo­soph­i­cal sys­tem that dis­pels this is­sue, claim­ing that the pain is ‘maya’, or il­lu­sion, and does­n’t ex­ist in ac­tual re­al­ity. The de­lib­er­ately oro­tund in­stal­la­tion iron­i­cally in­stils the viewer with fear in awak­en­ing the sup­pos­edly sleep­ing God, who can sud­denly ap­pear in­side the viewer or be­come en­raged and scat­ter the stones around the ex­hi­bi­tion hall.

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