Melancholy Hates Haste
Melancholy Hates Haste, 2016
Following hoodoo ritual, the artist conjured a sympathetic ghost to serve as an ambassador on behalf of the living to the building’s resident ghosts. The salt floor plan mimics the sympathetic ghost’s bedroom, ensuring his comfort in a foreign space. Blessed salt acts as a spiritual barrier to keep other spirits out, thus everything remains at peace inside the salt room.
On May 6, 2016, the artist sat in this chair inside the salt room and read aloud from Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space, helping instruct the resident ghosts how they might pass over.
Installed at Central State Hospital (1848-1999) Indianapolis, IN as part of the exhibition The Future Past curated by Anne Surak.
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