Artist Entries – The Universal Sea Awards I

Our EU co-funded project The Universal Sea ran three Open Calls to Artists. A big thank to all artists for their great contributions! Here you can find our Top 100 submissions of our first open call from 2017 as a reference. They were all published in the guidebook from 2019.

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The Altar Of Intentions
by Daniel Strickland
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Title:
The Altar Of Intentions

Author:
Daniel Strickland

Description:
The Altar of Intentions mixes art and physics. This water sculpture records people’s feelings and prompts contemplative states. Water samples are taken before and after the event and then, post event, the lab photographs them. The post event sample reflects the combined emotions from participants. Nature appears to rely on one core recurring pattern to enable evolution in the physical, energetic, and spiritual realms – the torus. This is nature’s primary dynamic to create and sustain life. It is the way that energy moves in its most balanced and self-sustained dynamic flow. The Altar of Intentions is the result of my eight years of research on this phenomenon. In this installation, I interpret and express the phenomenon using the torus and other natural forces – water and fire. Creatively blending these fundamental elements of life, and following the scientific laws of dynamic flow, participants collectively build a “divining rod” that uncovers how we are directly connected to a force much larger than ourselves – the source, the holy. According to the work of Masaru Emoto, human thought waves can physically change the structure of water. Since all known living organisms are comprised of water, it would follow that our thoughts are changing the reality that we project onto the world. The mission of my installation is to not only illustrate the phenomenon of the torus to the naked eye, but also the importance of water to life as we know it. Perhaps if people truly understood the magnitude of this fact, the depletion, pollution, and commodification of our waters worldwide would cease to be a threat to life. If humans could truly internalize how vital this element is to our very existence, we could then positively shape our reality and create a more sustainable world. The altar of intentions capture the intentions of people on the act of contemplating the main element of life . This interaction can be viewed after the sample of the water is photographed in M.Emoto Laboratory.
Description:
The Altar of Intentions mixes art and physics. This water sculpture records people’s feelings and prompts contemplative states. Water samples are taken before and after the event and then, post event, the lab photographs them. The post event sample reflects the combined emotions from participants. Nature appears to rely on one core recurring pattern to enable evolution in the physical, energetic, and spiritual realms – the torus. This is nature’s primary dynamic to create and sustain life. It is the way that energy moves in its most balanced and self-sustained dynamic flow. The Altar of Intentions is the result of my eight years of research on this phenomenon. In this installation, I interpret and express the phenomenon using the torus and other natural forces – water and fire. Creatively blending these fundamental elements of life, and following the scientific laws of dynamic flow, participants collectively build a “divining rod” that uncovers how we are directly connected to a force much larger than ourselves – the source, the holy. According to the work of Masaru Emoto, human thought waves can physically change the structure of water. Since all known living organisms are comprised of water, it would follow that our thoughts are changing the reality that we project onto the world. The mission of my installation is to not only illustrate the phenomenon of the torus to the naked eye, but also the importance of water to life as we know it. Perhaps if people truly understood the magnitude of this fact, the depletion, pollution, and commodification of our waters worldwide would cease to be a threat to life. If humans could truly internalize how vital this element is to our very existence, we could then positively shape our reality and create a more sustainable world. The altar of intentions capture the intentions of people on the act of contemplating the main element of life . This interaction can be viewed after the sample of the water is photographed in M.Emoto Laboratory.
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