Skunk Control Presents - Persistent Panacea

The final of 3 custom-made artworks arrives at Highpoint

23rd November 2016

Skunk Control Presents - Persistent Panacea
Explore Persistent Panacea byVictoria University’s Skunk Control 
 
SKUNK CONTROL
 
Skunk Control is a group of engineers, scientists and educators from the college of Engineering and Science, Victoria University. The group’s aim is to communicate art through science – and science through art – via installations that prompt investigation and engage the heightened feelings of  excitement that define the process of discovery.

PERSISTENT PANACEA

Composed of 140 individual flowers, the lights within Persistent Panacea change throughout the day. The large flower acts as the center-piece which links this installation to the last, Majestic Insurgence, with its moving centre. 

And now it begins…………the season of giving. Seeds from the world behind our bedroom wardrobe have escaped into our world and have begun to sprout and grow. They are the disciples of light, defenders of enlightenment and are here to keep the darkness far away and herald a season of celebration. White and delicate with an ancient wisdom inside, they are just in time for Christmas, to remind us of all the things we can accomplish, of good times, of our aspirations, and of the goodwill in us all that sometimes is forgotten and set aside.
 
We hope you enjoy Skunk Control's offer of solace and of a persistent panacea. Find the works at Highpoint on Level 3 near Mecca Maxima until 24 December. 


MAJESTIC INSURGENCE - JULY 2016

In this installation, the world we visited behind our wardrobes is making the journey into ours. It’s nearly there, teetering on the edge, glistening with colours and peculiarity. It seems that our previous travels into that world (we snuck in many times through the wardrobe’s secret door)  have provided for its passage into ours.
 
The opening and shutting of wardrobe’s doors are the only things left holding back this world. We gaze in wonder as the doors slowly open whilst plants in our world tremble in anticipation of its colour and their possible entry into it. But something strange is happening. Look closely. It  seems that this magical world has already entered ours.
 
In the corner of the wardrobe a peculiar plant grows. It doesn’t belong to our world. How did it get there? Do the wardrobe doors really prevent this magical world from entering ours? Is there a crack that allows it to slowly enter our world? Is this world perhaps just waiting for the right time to cross over into ours? Why would it be waiting? What is to come?...........
 

HARVEST HARBINGER - FEBRUARY 2016

It is said that there is a land where the harvest is never ending, that needs no tendering and exist in perfect equilibrium with nature. It is a land untouched, rich in texture, floating in space, bountiful and inspirational. Here the sun hides behind summer to observe the coming of autumn and watches over winter to coax the coming of spring.

This world is found between the cracks in the wall, behind the shadows cast by moving objects and just to the right of the staircase behind the secret door of your wardrobe. There are no monsters here and no adversaries. Instead an abundant harvest to fuel the mind and sustain the body of those that traverse its wonder. This secret land only exists for a short time. Enough time for those of us that can see between cracks in the walls, underneath shadows and can access the staircase behind our wardrobes so as to watch its changing landscape.

And although its landscape may change, it maintains its equilibrium, maintains its grace and teaches us a lesson in preservation. This world nourishes our imagination, invites us to taste new ideas, new experiences and engage in our humility. Look between the cracks in the wall and see its changing landscape.

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