The Scapular Room, an installation by artist Nicole Salimbene, is an invitation for reflection and sitting meditation. Inspired by the poetics of materiality, she searches for the archetypal out of the ordinary and ephemeral, provoking dialogue on the ecology of the internal and external. In this exhibition, she demonstrates these concepts through the sculptural construction of scapulars. Scapulars are worn over the shoulders (scapula) for protection and as a symbol of devotion within the Catholic faith; iconic images are embedded in the pendants that rest on the chest and back. Remixing the scapular, Salimbene replaces traditional iconography with a range of natural and man-made materials encouraging contemplation and discussion on the roles of protection and devotion in relation to self, community, and our planet.
Can a room be a musical instrument? What new sounds can materials such as wood, metal, wire and skin produce when abstracted into 'data'? This interactive sound installation is meant to challenge visitors' perceptions of the relationships between physical space, gesture and sound. It also explores the creative potential of code, both to transform one’s perceived experience, and as a musical material in its own right.