diagrams, live-processed sound installation, videosculpture
The Beginning Was The End expresses the fundamental structures I found in Javanese concepts of time and multi-dimensional reality– and how they intersect with my own thinking– while researching endangered knowledge in Indonesia as a Fulbright Fellow. Its original diagrams, video-sculptures and sound installation emerge from my conversations with professors of Javanese philosophy and individuals like dhukun (shamans), who experience alternate realities directly, and from my participation in meditation and rituals.
As a long-time student of mysticism from cross-cultural angles including shamanism, I find these concepts both exceedingly important for elevating people out of the mundane and materialist worldview of modernity, and difficult to convey in the variety of ways that people need in order to grasp them. The application of art to expressing Javanese shaman’s multi-dimensional perception of reality is an awesome means for conveying such difficult and complex ideas. Holt has both grasped one particular network of knowledge effectively and developed unique and astounding artistic means for presenting it.
~Douglas Herman, Senior Geographer at the National Museum of the American Indian, The Smithsonian Institution