"Of the several visual works inspired by Flow this seems to be the most creative." - Mihály Csíkszentmihályi
In the mid 1970’s psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi (Mee-Hiy Chick-Sent-Me-high-ee) noticed that artists could get completely absorbed in their work. Skipping meals and rest periods they would persist relentlessly until the piece was complete. They would then abandon it and begin another. Clearly the incentive for the activity was not the product but the process. Here began Csíkszentmihályi’s study of flow and it continues today.
Flow is a state in which we are completely engrossed in an activity – not for money or recognition or reward, but just because we enjoy it. We might get paid or we might win a trophy however this is not why we do what we do.
Time seems to slow down during flow and we experience a kind of extended present because we are ‘In the zone’, ‘on fire’ or ‘on a roll’. Each move we make appears perfect. We know what we have to do and even though it might be difficult we are confident in our skills. We have the experience and we can overcome the challenges that present themselves.
When we have achieved our goal we can feel ecstatic and overjoyed. After all, we have accomplished, we have overcome and our success is measurable to us. In our core we know that we have done well and this bestows on us a great subjective feeling of contentment. We were not aware of happiness during the game, or the painting or the singing but afterwards, when the task is completed, “then we are flooded with gratitude for the excellence of that experience – then, in retrospect, we are happy.” - Mihály Csíkszentmihályi
The video was exhibited as a large scale (15 meter long) immersive installation designed to evoke audible and aesthetic flow experience.