This performative, spatial installation forces the viewer to become an active performer. Before entering the space, the viewer/performer is greeted with a small table holding candles, flower petals and rose pastilles. They are given this set of instructions:
“before you step into the space, take a rose pastille (or several) and place it on your tongue.
do not speak.
walk into the apartment.
drag your feet.
fill your lungs.
tread on the flowers.”
The installation is a simple floorplan. The silhouette of a once-familiar place drawn from memory in flower petals. The users smell floral candles as they taste the rose pastilles and drag their feet across the ground. The installation attempts to intentionally manipulate the viewer/performers’ taste, smell, movement and ability to speak. It is an exploration of both manipulation, inhabitation, and emotional significance.