Minha Yang's interactive art installation titled "Meditation" will be on display at the Creators Project in San Francisco
This weekend, join Young and Pretty at the psychedelia-friendly Creators Project
in San Francisco. Young and Pretty had a chance to interview artist Minha Yang about his installation “Meditation” prior to the event:
Young and Pretty: The San Francisco Bay is often referred to as America’s “gateway to the East,” particularly with regard to spirituality. To your viewers less familiar with eastern philosophy, how would you describe what it feels like to meditate?
Minha Yang: For me meditation is a process to understand the world by looking deep inside myself. It sounds difficult, but it’s very simple. Constantly feeding the mind with new ideas is another way to find myself in this universe. Symbolism and form is not so important, I know that all of us meditate in one way or another without realizing it.
Y&P: What is the role of Samsara, or the continuous flow of life, in your installation?
MY: Samsara is represented as a continuous red circular growth from the center. The circles are triggered when people approach – and it may seem as if they manipulating the imagery – but in fact they are participating in the meditation process by interacting with this installation.
Y&P: Can technology induce meditation?
MY: In “Meditation” there are infrared cameras and sensors in each wooden speaker which are the triggers.Once you are deep in interaction, you are already participating in the process of calmness, so I do believe that technology can induce meditation.
Y&P: How does sound fit into “Meditation”?
MY: In Buddhism sound is a very powerful meditation tool. Sometimes more important than visuals. Our senses are alert and the strongest may be our sense of sound. The wooden speakers in the installation lets out the sound of traditional Buddhist meditation tools that I have collected over the years.
Y&P: Are there any musical performances you’re looking forward to at Saturday’s event?
MY: HEALTH & Zola Jesus
Y&P: Thank you very much for your time, Minha. Hope to cross paths this Saturday.
MY: Thank you! See you on Saturday!