"Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self"
"Bevrijd u van de ketenen van deze wereld, en verlos uw ziel uit de gevangenis van het zelf"
The site-specific installations, soundscapes, interactive works, prints, drawings and paintings presented throughout evocative spaces of the Weaver's House, are responses to the threads of history of the contemporary human condition.
Many peoples present the world as being woven: its threads are lives, and their pattern is history. There are, for example, the Fates or Moirae in Greek mythology, who are the white-robed personifications of destiny. In Homer's Iliad the Moera spins the thread of life for men at their birth. Similar spinning goddesses of fate were known as the Norns in Norse mythology, and there is a parallel in the Baltic goddess Laima and her two sisters.
Here we use the theme of 'threads' as "elements of a story".
As you enter this museum you can read the hanging cloth outside in various ways in relation to the sounds you might notice as you enter. You might or might not notice the Persian text in this cloth, you might instead see it as a curtain or as an ephemeral form akin to a flag. The threads of the 'foreign' text might form a relationship (a story) with other elements such as the soundscape or the objects along the walls. As you proceed down the hall sounds from a video in a side room become audible as does the soundscape for the hanging objects "Inland Soul at Sea"
Fain would they put out God's light, but God only desireth the light though the infidels abhour it.
Each snail bore a text arranged in a spiral. The texts -often in story format- allude to time, perspective, culture and nature. The texts look at these issues from various viewpoints, in an order and tempo chose by the viewer.