On Setting Yourself On Fire   2017

A collaboration with Stephen Wright

A code driven installation invoking the spectral presences of self-immolated figures from recent incidents of extreme political protest.

Through invisible signals and transmissions, we offer an open channel to those now burnt and gone beyond, to speak to us from their current unearthly perspective.

Self-immolation is an act of acutely refusing unbearable conditions imposed on the governance of the soul. It is an act that absolutely rejects subjugation, on behalf of us all, in a terrifying spectacle of protest and transcendence.

We scan the airwaves and track the winds above Nauru searching for signals. We attune to their spectral frequencies to call down messages. Now that those who burned themselves to death are not in this world, what would they say to us?