Disposable Permanence is a mixed-media installation project made primarily from bamboo, discarded plastic waste, LED lights and old bicycle parts commissioned by the Pure Grenada Music Festival. It was a part of the first inaguarl festival 5th-10th April 2016.
This abstract large-scale art piece consists of seven (7) free standing trees built from the bamboo on metal rebar, exploding from the inside, with waste gathered from beaches, households, roadsides and events - symbolic of the volume and forms of waste we produce daily. Festival-goers were able to walk through these bamboo forms and interact with the installation by pedaling on bicycles, channeling solar power into the colored lights of each tree.
Disposable Permanence expresses the spirit of the Green Charter of the Pure Grenada Music Festival, which recognises that sustainable resolutions to environmental issues can be produced through culture. The art projectis an exploration of a global culture of waste which individually, we think of as being disposable. Yet our waste travels and accumulates, in often harmful ways.
Disposable Permanence is acollaborative effort led by Grenadian contemporary artist, Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe, with the support of Bamboo Craftsman Terry Moore and Mechanical Engineer Earl Roberts.
Bicycle pedals activated the colored LED lights
Youth at the festival's last night trying the pedals
Young man exploring the forest
Fundraising video by the Music Festival
Sketch of Art Installation
Selected for The Contemporary Grenada Exhibit at Susan Mains Gallery, Grenada (December 2015).
Weaving together hundreds of photographs this stop motion animation documents the mummification of a little boy. The disjointed timeline of this experimental short shows a group of children playing with bundles of old cords, adapters and wires. But as the game goes on, one boy starts to become wrapped in the cords. The other children spin circles, reminiscent of dancing the May Pole, intentionally engulfing him in the cords.
This work is inspired by the oxymoronic nature of our relationship with technology, it can be; a tool of torment and an instrument of inspiration, light entertainment and dark addiction, open up worlds of knowledge or reinforce your limited field of vision, fuel social engagement or isolation.
Bound, Experimental Short Film, 2015
May Nothing Stay Hidden
Mixed-media Installation New Local Space (NLS), Kingston, Jamaica January 2015 - February 2015 Exhibition Audio: A Conversation with Derryck
Inspired by conversations with my grandfather, Derryck Brooks-Smith, this mixed media installation is an intergenerational investigation of the ambivalence of life. Born in Jamaica in 1940, Grandada was left in the care of an aunt and uncle at an early age. At age 10 he travelled up to the US to live with his mother. This is a deeply familiar story of Caribbean people across generations. His experiences of separation and longing left him with dense emotions to navigate as he grew up.
What wounds are left untended in the business of keeping dirty laundry tucked away? May Nothing Stay Hidden explores the burdens of a culture of non-communication through the lens of love, migration and memory.
This installation is composed of audio from a conversation with Grandada, wooden doors from old lab benches, glass panels, tea-dyed paper, LED lights, dried flowers, video and old medium format negatives found amongst his mother’s boxes. As his contemplations float through the space, visitors are invited to open custom-made light box cupboards and peek into a vintage canvas trunk.
A bottleneck is a phenomenon where the performance or capacity of an entire group, system or society is limited by a single or limited number of components or resources. For me, this experimental short, Bottleneck, explores these concepts of growth and limitation. When submitting work to Transforming Spaces, Bahamas (2014) I had conflicting feelings about the theme “Water”. It conjured up feelings of being both bound and boundless. Boundaries, where ever they exist in our lives, impact our understanding of selves and others. They dictate the extend to which we can expand and in what directions.
Bottleneck, Experimental Short Film, 2014
Off Track, Moving Forward
This new media piece was created at a one month residency at Fresh Milk Contemporary Arts Platform in Barbados. It was a collaboration with Barbadian actor and Managing Director of Mustardseed Productions Varia Williams. Within the context of a global culture of 'progress', how do we navigate the rushing stream of forward motion? Often we are caught spinning in whirlpools of our own thinking. This triptych is a meditation of sorts, revealing the frictions between progress and peace in a high demand world.
Off Track, Moving Forward, Experimental Short Film, 2013