The piece, titled "CARGO", is a poetic audio visual narrative sculpture. The participant becomes one with the installation by stepping through "the door of no return" and into the shadowy cargo container, whose history is etched into the walls. Once the participant is inside the confined space they are exposed to physical iconography and symbolism that place the partaker on the journey of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. This particular story of exploitation and objectification is a metaphor, pointing to deeper societal concerns. The work addresses issues of objectification and commodification of life, as well as to the nature of capitalism.
The participant's walk through "the door of no return" draws from the historic location in West Africa that shares the same name, where enslaved Africans passed through as part of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. When inside the crate, the user is exposed to a poetic audio visual narrative, spoken from the crate's perspective. CARGO speaks to the history of the Object, and its own complicity in the process of objectification. The experience is accompanied by timed lighting which sets the dramatic mood of the experience. In this work, we use sculpture, audio-visuals, and poetic narration in order to augment an educational experience. The participant embodies the experience and becomes one with the installation