Embassy of Transition

Posted: March 27, 2016 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time
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Charwei-Tsai-2016Spiral Incense Bardo 2016 by Charwei Tsai
Embassy of Transition Mortuary Station
20th Biennale of Sydney
Charwei-Tsai-Spiral-Incense-2016Spiral Incense Bardo 2016 detail of deep magic
Charwei-Tsai-Spiral-Incense-Bardo-2016“Large incense spirals inscribed with passages from The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo are lit each morning, burning until the end of the day, whereupon they are extinguished and the fallen ashes smeared over the ground.”
Charwei-Tsai-Dedication-detail-2016“Scattered over the train tracks is A Dedication to Those Who Have Passed Through Mortuary Station, Sydney, 2016.
Objects from nature – dried leaves and seeds – each bear a word from the text in memory of the spirits who passed through the station when funerary trains bound for Rookwood Cemetery departed from the platform. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to participate by writing a note to a deceased loved one on a leaf or seed before leaving it on the tracks in a symbolic gesture of letting go.”
Read more about Charwei Tsai’s spirit wise work here

  1. Christina says:

    Beautiful! Synchronicity, as have been burning incense lately, Egyptian…so peaceful watching the blue grey smoke spiral upwards, scent, Divine. Love the opportunity for writing on the leaves…letting loved ones go…release. Thanks for sharing Mo. Here is to Spring and Autumn, the circle of life and death.

    • Mo Crow says:

      the opportunity to explore inside this wonderful old train station combined with the poignancy of the site specific art was magic (((Christina)))

  2. handstories says:

    Wow, this looks like a powerful exhibit- holding the mystery & magic, thank you for sharing. Speaking of sharing, mystery & magic…I’m wearing your wonderful crow today, feeling a bit mysterious & magical within it…thank you for sharing your talents!

    • Mo Crow says:

      in the two Waiting Rooms (Ladies & Gentlemen) there was video & audio footage of “The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo” projected onto the floor which was very “trippy”, one of the fellow observers seated nearby said, “I think he may have taken too much acid” to which I quietly quipped, “so did I” he chuckled and said “me too”
      (NB that was a very looooong time ago!)
      PS so good to hear the Crow Shirt fits!

  3. sue says:

    that’s lovely..the writing of a note.

  4. Life meets death and lives again. This is stunning work.

  5. Julie Banks says:

    Love this exhibition, Mo. Thanks for sharing .

  6. Carol says:

    I’ve always loved the Mortuary Station since seeing it from the train. It still looks as mysterious as ever. The exhibition sounds wonderful.

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