WIYIM CHANT (pronounced whim)
What Is Yours Is Mine was conceived, developed, and employed as a background audio chant supporting one of my sculpture installations. The theme explores the fragile state of a 21st century civilisation less than adequately undertaking its responsibilities as a global guardian, competently and compassionately overseeing the welfare of this planet and all its living organisms.
This project was inspired by five main thoughts:
Firstly, The Allegory of Plato’s Cave. If you are unfamiliar with the Allegory of Plato’s Cave you will find an excellent summary at:
Secondly, German philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’s proposition that our world is “the best of all possible worlds”.
Thirdly, Voltaire’s satirical refutation of Leibniz’s belief is seen through the actions of Pangloss in Candide.
Fourthly, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”, the intro to Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, which suggests a world of radical opposites existing contemporaneously.
Fifthly, Bernard Malamud’s quote from his 1963 novel Dubin’s Lives: “If your train’s on the wrong track every station you come to is the wrong station.”
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