WANDERING AS A RITUAL

2017 FALL
LOCATION: PENN STATE VISUAL ART BUILDING
GROUP PROJECT WITH YUJIN OH
PROFESSOR: ANDREW HIERONYMI
PROCESSING, KINECT SENSOR, EPSON 535W PROJECTOR

Wandering As A Ritual is a response to Vilém Flusser’s article “Gesture of Smoking a Pipe.” In the article, Flusser argues that ritual gestures are often profane when broken down into fundamental movements. It requires extra steps and aesthetics to reach spirituality. Flusser states that “the less intentional a gesture, the less it pursues a goal outside of self, the “purer“ is the ritual.”

 

“Wandering” is one of the “profane” gestures in our daily life. This project is rooted in the paradox of the effect of wandering. Although people often wander without a purpose to achieve anything, the activity builds a psychological state that leads us to repeat it as if it is a ritual.