An Essential Disorientation Year: 2007 Commissioner: S.A.R.P. Poland (Polish equivalent of R.I.B.A.) Mode: Commissioned book. Commissioner: S.A.R.P. Poland (Polish equivalent of R.I.B.A.) Notes:
This project evolved over an 18 month period and is an extensive essay that attempts to link contemporary arts practice to notions of the sacred. The essay contextualizes the sacred in many aspects of our condition and situation. It deploys the anthropological method of the liminal structure by way of making connections. The book is fully illustrated with prior project that, have consciously or not, been sub-structured by the liminal. The book also has a fine contextualizing forward by Richard Davey titled 'Charting the Liminal.'
The essay begins...At a time when many ideologies have all but blown themselves out; when meaning seems to have become meaningless in a strangely nihilistic void; when, in our sophistication, we find as our ancestors did that we are fearful of the unpredictability of nature; when knowledge as causality seems to become increasingly predetermined; it seems appropriate to review the relationship we have with nature as a sacred process