Moving away from themes of unconditional love and providing shelter, Insanity Magnet draws on the detritus and ‘pus’ of humanity’s subconsciousness. Occurring sometimes as a performance, sometimes a sculptural object or installation, Insanity Magnet is a work that evolves as the artist continues her process of accumulating and editing, presence and absence. Tango explores the nature of mental illness, hope and hopelessness, function and dysfunction. She states that “my interest had been in listening to stories, spending time with people and absorbing or interpreting this world as honestly and sincerely as possible, but the more I try, I feel a strong emptiness and anger over our existence.” Insanity Magnet is a manifestation of the darkness that lurks in the souls, minds and bodies of humanity. Hiromi intends to collect ‘material’ (metaphorical or physical) from public interactions and artistic collaborations, and to create the work in isolation. Insanity Magnet will appear as part of the Hiromi Hotel tour around Australia throughout 2010 – 2012 where guest artists will also be invited to create their own creature in isolation.
photo credit :1-3 Yuki Nakano, 4,5 Craig Walsh, 6 Hiromi Tango
I love all of Hiromi Tango’s interactive pop culture detritus sculptures. Yes, you can address alienation with awesome play.