The Chamber of Transformation used one of the first patterned tents that we ever produced. We originally thought that making patterned tents would be overwhelming, or too much stimulation for a dome. But eventually, as all artists come to, it just had to be tried. The result was extremely successful.
Everything that’s in it turns green in the alien-esque light. It's a tent that automatically assimilates you into a different space. Your body feels that the light coming through the tent is natural, it just feels like you’ve stepped into a world where the sky is green. Just by entering in it makes you feel like you have walked onto a different planet.
This all-encompassing, other worldly feeling of the tent was a dynamic that we wanted to push. We asked the question, “If the tent really did start to swallow you into it’s environment, what would you become?”
The easiest way for us to expand on this thought was to take the patterning from the tent and make it grow onto the people who entered the space. We did this in the form of face painting.
Many people who entered the tent wanted to have the type of festival face paint that they were used to. “I want to be a cat.” “Can you draw a truck?” “I want something pretty.”
“I have green and I have black,” the face painters would say. “And all I can paint is dots and stripes.”
The adults were more thrown off than the children. Often it seems, kids are a little bit more open to the world being a little different than they expect. When informed that they would become part of the tent, many children became excited, or took it very seriously.
The face painters played it up, dramatically declaring when the transformation would begin and when it was finished. Sometimes even making searing and hissing noises when the dots were etched onto the skin.
The whole process really made people stop and think about the space that encompassed them, and what we can choose to be turned into by what we surround ourselves with. It was definitely a successful transformative space!