'Bound to' 2016 - Installation (Reactive technologies)

'Bound to' 2016 - Installation (Reactive technologies)
3D/Interactive
Halina Dominska
Technical Support Mohammad Sayed
"Halina Dominska's sculpture Bound to (2016) is comprised of suspended forms that 'breathe' when viewers walk up to them. What she sets out to explore, she explains, is how the amygdala in the brain gives rise to involuntary reactions, together with ideas of personal space. She seeks to set up chain reactions between viewers, made excitable both by the work and each other's responses. In this way, Bound to untethers us from ourselves. Dominska's sculpture loosens, as well, the prevailing sense we have of being somehow quite separate from other forms of life. The hanging forms of Bound to seem not only human like (the pinkness and texture of the inside of the mouth, perhaps) but also plant-like (fern fronds, flower stamens, fungal growths). In crossing between humans and plants in this way, Bound to refutes the commonly held idea that nature is always other than us, and that wildness is by definition elsewhere. It's an aspect of the work that anticipates current discussions among scientists and others. For example, as environmental historian Dolly Jorgensen says: "there is no line between us and wildness, it is in the city, it is everywhere". Angela Kingston (Curator and Writer)