Dying for Enlightenment - video installation/ four channel
Maria Pask is fascinated with the issue of what personal freedom is, and how it can be expressed in group activities. On three monitors, we see the various sides of a group of five young women passing through the successive stages of meditation. This process is based on meditation courses from the 1970’s. The people breathe, dance, and jump in order to liberate themselves, to be. released, and to get in touch with their own primitive “I”. The group is asked to perform the exercises as naturally as possible, which results in predictable behaviour. On the fourth monitor, we see the artist on her own, performing the same exercises. She stops at an early stage, after which the monitor displays the image of the empty room.