SPANDA was a Claire Munro Art and Design initiative. It was an interactive multi sensory installation by Sydney College of the Arts students Dorit Goldman (MFA), Melissa Maree (BVA) and Claire Munro (BVA). SPANDA is from Sanskrit referring to the self expressive pulse of all individual things and all things united as one. Translated as movement, vibration and an exploration into our collective consciousness. SPANDA includes work by Dorit Goldman with her plaster “accidents” a result of her study of the body. Melissa Maree explores visual vibration and study of body and form through geometry and pattern with her delicate cutouts. Accompanied with warped glass blown vessels, photonics fibre structures and video projection that explore human Phsycology by Claire Munro with a collaborative interactive light installation. Overall it is an experience and one is urged to sit in the work, be still and enjoy the works many intricate and ever changing moments as well as identifying the works impact on you as an individual and as (like everything else) a vital part of our entire cosmos as a whole. It’s mesmerising visuals and playful string installation combined with the sculptures create a space for calm contemplation a chance to escape the stresses of the day and ponder.
Working on SPANDA was an exceptional learning curve, administratively, artistically and collaboratively. Despite desires to focus on positivity and collectiveness this project unexpectedly became fraught with stress, isolation, aggression and angst. We (Melissa, Dorit and myself) felt lucky to have the assistance and interest of an experienced installation/sculpture artist, however it soon became clear through obsessive control and aggressive behaviour that this help did not come freely. Curbed by ulterior motive and manipulative intents we had do eventually remove this “helper” from the team. Melissa, Dorit and myself soon found ourselves relived and inspired again, three strong women out from under the thumb and surging forward! Materials and equipment was stolen, aspects of the work needed to be changed and we lost a set of hands days before installation. This was considerably stressful, however we persevered and succeeded in creating a fun, interesting new space for contemplation guided by hints of body, geometry, pulse, earth, galaxy, self, activation and collectiveness.
Watch Video here!!! – a layered video of glimpses of the installation and the soundscape that filled the space, get a sense for what it was like inside.