PARASITE BEACH is AN ARTIST`s PROTEST STATEMENT: "ARTISTS ARE NOT PARASITES": meditative/transformative/metamorphic statement combining light, glass and animation. The unique and unusual project was installed in an underground tunnels at the Estonian Mining Museum in Kohtla-Nõmme, Estonia.
Artist/creator MERY CRYSTAL RA (aka Meeli Koiva) explains that “Parasite Beach became my underground residence, where I slept inside a White Baldachine Bed, surrounded by stalactites and the power of human imagination. My thoughts and dreams were projected onto a screen behind me, creating real-time and continually evolving displays of light and sound.”
"The goal of PARASITE BEACH was making magic imaginative energy visible to the naked eye. This was accomplished through the highly innovative use of computers, projectors, glass sculpture, various types of lighting.
“ My dreams at night became visible, creating vivid images for visitors to the exhibit,” says the artist. “Sometimes I felt myself transformed into a mystical stalactite bird flying through stalactite rain. Sometimes I felt like a bug, with many arms. It was an amazing and transformative experience!” I chose the unusual space because it would allow me to meditate on the differences between living “under the ground” and “living on the ground.”
There are differences. Living above the ground represents the normal lives that most of us lead. Living under the ground, however, represents the artist’s life. It is solitary. It is different. It is apart. It is strange.
For many people living above the ground, the artist’s life appears useless. Some people see artists as parasites. Obviously, I don’t see us that way. But I understand their sense of discomfort. Some people see artists as parasites.
But artists are useful.
Artists are not parasites. We need art that is created by human artists.
We Resist Becoming Robots.
Human ceativity is the solution."
Artist Mery Crystal Ra was asked by the Estonian Mining Museum to create a unique and innovative project, artist protest-statement composed of integrated light, glass, video and sound. The artist’s dreams and imagination were shared vividly with visitors in truly remarkable underground space. Videos describe the imaginations / dreams at night / mystical transformations /somewhere near BALDACHINE BED.
The creative result of a meditative process, conducted in a mining tunnel inside the BALDACHINE BED. A human body in the process of transformation, connecting the world of dreams to the waking world, through art, glass, light and meditation. Final part poetry:
Woman becomes stalactite bird /
stalactite bird becomes stalactite rain /
stalactite rain flows up /
glass stalactite sticks/
lying through /
the glass floor /
over the sea /
the traces /
wafting across /
the mirror floor /
into the wind.
Video on the backround of the White Baldachine Bed is an artist protest- speech- statement " creative humans versus human-robots / who is the winner? The Parasite Beach project was installed in an underground tunnels at the Estonian Mining Museum in Kohtla-Nõmme, Estonia. "I worked on it for about ten years, and spent four months living in the canopy bed .
Some people see artists as parasites.
Artists are useful.
Artists are not parasites. We also need art that is created by human artists.
We Resist Becoming Robots.
Creativity is the solution." More info: http://merycrystalra.com/
PARASITE BEACH - AN ARTIST`s PROTEST STATEMENT:"ARTISTS ARE NOT PARASITES"
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