Pure potentialities: exploring the transcendental or spiritual moment within immanent experience
Karbhari, Tinaz Jal
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This practice-based art project explores the idea of potential transformation(s) in relation to spirituality, through the theoretical contexts of affect theory, immanence, smooth space and becoming. Underpinning this exploration is a focus on the potentiality of “new planes of thought” (Deleuze, 1994, p.139), which enables a questioning that invites a transcendental or spiritual moment to manifest within an immanent experience. This project identifies spirituality as akin to affect, with both comprising of abstract and intangible qualities, yet together, they form the binary opposition of transcendence versus immanence. This conflict underpins this project and is explored through installation practice, studio lighting and projection. These exploratory processes are informed by the Zoroastrian religion, within which the element of light plays a crucial part. Working with light in a nonrepresentational manner, the project prioritises personalised encounters and thus the possibility of forming new ways of experiencing spirituality.