The Thing that We Share is a physical space, but more importantly it is a social sculpture: it centers on a social interaction between two or more people, catalyzed by the special conditions of the dynamic video environment that surrounds them. It is a ritual that involves creating chains of social interactions, where Guides initiate sharing with the Artefact and participants are empowered to share the Artefact with each other.
This ritual of entering, learning by sharing, and being given the tools to become a teacher yourself is the foundation of The High Focus Institute’s mission. We strive to draw people into novel experiences that reward them with safe, explorative, open-ended spaces in which they can learn something new about themselves.
When night falls, participants see the glowing building from afar. They enter the Video Sanctum through the entrance, marked by lights pointing up along the entrance arch, and a Guide waiting inside offers them an Artefact.
The Artefact is a simple abstract object that fits in both hands, endowed with hidden technologies that map the Artefact’s motion through space. Its motion is translated onto the walls of the video sanctum. “What is it?” the Guide asks, answering themselves, “It’s the thing that we share.” Participants are invited to touch the object, but the Guide does not let go. It rests between them.
Sharing is the foundation of this piece: participants share an Artefact with the Guide and then with each other. The contour of their interaction is expressed via a dynamic video environment that responds in real-time to participants’ shared motion. When the Artefact turns, so does the world, in the form of a beautiful multicolored web that symbolizes infinite interconnection.