The Peace Mechanism
for benefit of all"
Audio, video, various media installations
Cleansing Booth PMCB 2000
The Cleansing Booth CB 2000 METANOIA
Installation: PVC sheets, metal, LED stripe, mirror, programming, sensors, speakers;
size H200 W140 L80cm
Design and realization by
Audio: Christos Kyriakoulis
Voice: Christina Marouhou
Metal construction: Alex Welch
METANOIA * Many understand the term repentance mean “turning from sin.” Repentance coming from the Greek word metanoia which means “to change one’s mind; transformative change of heart; especially: a spiritual conversion”. The full biblical definition of repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action.
“I found myself thinking: we need to know more about how peace is done. I mean really, done. Not how politicians’ posture, demand and concede. Not how people tolerate each other by muffling their disagreements and turning the blind eye to their injustices. but how some ordinary people arrange to fill the space between their national differences with words in place of bullets. what do they say to each other then?” The Space Between Us by Cynthia Cockburn
Inspiration for the sound installation and for the source of the entire concept came from Ho`o ponopono - The ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. The Hawaiian religious belief is that deep seated painful memories, negative thoughts and fears or false beliefs rise within us within our cellular data and resonate into the world around us creating negative energy, negative people, vandalism, global conflict, oppression, wars and tragedies. The specific Mantra, should help, they state, to erase the data, and will bring a person to the state of pure blank perfection with which they came into this world..
CB 2020 is an interactive installation. It has the shape of big white Nautilus shell containing a sound installation to be an exhibit as object in public spaces such as telephone booth but with a different purpose. Conceptually it is Inner Cleansing Booth for instant aggression release and balance recovery. It is an antivirus system that can be used beneficially; while paradoxically can also be translated for discussion, as it is another program to control us.
The key programs of human behavior are habit patterns of mind and body. You can change yourself using pattern interrupts, conditioning, visualization and affirmations, or by acting as if the change has already occurred. The power of the advertisement and the seductive power of smart easy-to-use modern kinds of machines are powerful mind-controlling programs. In this consumer-focused world, I try to wrap the Ho`o ponopono message into the modern consumerist design and instead of esoteric teachings, which hold less appeal to people, I suggest Cleansing Booth, which I bring to the streets, available to everyone - ready to be consumed for instant help or as an imposing bold advert which is difficult to avoid.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”
“ If you change yourself you will change your world. If you change how you think then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you will change. Not only because you are now viewing your environment through new lenses of thoughts and emotions but also because the change within can allow you to take action in ways you wouldn’t have thought about – while stuck in your old thought patterns. The problem with changing your outer world without changing yourself is that you will still be you when you reach that change you have strived for. You will still have your flaws, anger, negativity, self-sabotaging tendencies etc. intact.” Mahatma Gandhi.
"If you want freedom, then try to free yourself from your own self first. If the greatest principle of knowledge is to get to know yourself, then the greatest moral principle is to free yourself of your own self. You want to gain freedom through revolution, then begin your revolution against yourself first, and then you will perceive that all other revolutions are unnecessary. If you want to gain freedom by waging war, then first wage war on yourself, and if you win, then you will perceive that all other wars are unnecessary. You want freedom, you say? Then you must side with God against yourself and the world. First against yourself, because inside of you is the main battle against the world. If you conquer the world there, inside yourself, then you have conquered it on all battlefields. But if you conquer the world on all battlefields except inside your own self, then it will remain unconquered in its main stronghold. If you cannot conquer yourself, then with all your remaining effort you will but only leap from one prison to the next, from one cage into another. Social freedom, and national freedom, and international freedom, without freeing you from yourself, are only tempting and deceptive names of various prisons, and diverse cages. Free yourself of your own self, and you will be outside all prisons and cages." Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic, About God and People
Billboards for Instant Release
Aggression cannot beat the aggression.
Digital graphics, drawings
Varies media installation
Drawing upon ancient Hawaii wisdom and tradition Nina Sumarac transposes this faraway mantra of reconciliation upon our cacophonous contemporary me-first mind. The Hawaiian intuition holds that negative energy is trapped in our cells my/our self-isolating thoughts. Collectively these vibes create war, violence, crime and misery. Meditating on the mantra releases us from our self-imposed isolation, blame, friction and distance bringing mankind back into harmony with itself.
In short, the simple mantra touches upon the universal need for healing that starts with one’s own responsibility – be it personal or social.
Paradoxically the mantra can also be viewed as a naïve esoteric value system that treats social and political strife as mere psychological discord resolvable by good will and purity of heart.
Finally, using the hitherto consumerist medium of billboards as a stage for reflection upon our over-loaded minds and our dysfunctional system creates a cognitive dissonance that cannot be ignored: love it or hate it the medium not only is the message, the message also becomes a medium.
Text by Costa Constantinides ,MSc Counseling Psychology & BA in communications/political science with a minor in philosophy; writer, visionary, counselor, constructive critic and activist.