Shame on Us by Das Scharf & 21dB
In collaboration with
Mó, Greener on the other side & Loopstache.
Frustrated with the current state of the planet, Das Scharf and 21dB join forces to set up a collaborative installation that addresses the shame and silencing surrounding the harm humans inflict on nature and upon themselves.
The installation experience is set to take the visitor on an audiovisual representation as it attempts to portray how the planet is racked in a sphere of exploitation, nuisance and dramatic human-made episodes.
SHAME ON US wishes to provoke and forcefully drag the visitors into a confrontation with nature and themselves.
1- THE SHAMING SPACE:
The pillory was chosen for what it represents; it is a powerful device in which offenders were formerly exposed to public humiliation, degradation and abuse. The 4 minute video projection is divided into 3 acts. It attempts to shed the light on the chronological and evolutionary process that made us who we are today.
Act 1 - The butterfly effect ( 2.5 millions of years ago ):
A single small human gesture changed the course of the planet and irreversibly broke the harmony between man and nature; introduction of tools, migration, fire, agriculture and language.
Act 2 - The brouhaha ( Late 1800s onwards ):
The video sets a glance at how the modern industrial and high tech era are stopping evolution and accelerating the destruction of the planet at unfathomable speed. It is the ultimate scream from a species that will be responsible for its own demise.
Act 3 - Mirror of shame ( present ):
The pilloried visitors will see their own face reflected on the floor.It is the moment when they will be faced with the mirror of introspection.
2 - THE MEDITATIVE SPACE:
It is a space designed for the visitors to digest the experience they just went through.Swings are chosen because they trigger memories, they are the perfect tool for sensory integration. Each of the five audio swings aim to help the visitor relax, understand, ponder, and meditate.
SWING 1: EXCERPTS - FOUAD BECHWATI
SWING 2: RAINFOREST BY MÓ
SWING 3: LOOPSTACHE
SWING 4: WHITE NOISE
SWING 5: SHAME ON YOU BY SPADE COOLEY & HIS ORCHESTRA