A Warm Hug is an interactive sculptural light installation that illuminates when interacted with. When the participant “hugs” the sculpture, it will simultaneously respond to the hug by glowing and lighting up.
A Warm Hug encourages playful interactions that are designed to inspire connection and promote the universality of warmth and love. This body of work is particularly relevant today when fear, mistrust, and disregard for humanity dominate the headlines of mainstream media where loneliness and isolation feel more prevalent than human connection and physical contact. There is a tendency to be selective of who we choose to share our love with, based on our biases. By asking participants to do something they otherwise wouldn’t do (hugging an object they have no pre-existing connection with), they are subconsciously leaving behind their judgement and biases.
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This Installation was realized in collaboration with Adam Schwartzentruber from BOKO and Navnith Ravindran.
Amit is a cinematographer and motion director that uses light as his language to tell stories that haven’t been told. His practice is dedicated to the art of capturing and creating emotion to bring others into worlds that capture the reality of environments they otherwise wouldn’t experience. All of Amit’s work embodies a holistic approach to inclusiveness, where he tries to place himself in the shoes of others in order to capture their stories.
Kanika is a visual artist and graphic storyteller that uses her own barriers as a medium and art as her language to break invisible barriers and to evoke thought by challenging cultural views on beauty, wholeness and worth. Kanika wishes for her art to contribute to a new set of societal norms and values that are more inclusive and accurately embody what it means to be human.
Amit and Kanika collaboratively realize installations that push the boundaries of their individual practices. In 2017, they co-created The Light in the Shadows, an Installation at the Gardiner Museum designed to play on intuitive senses by challenging viewers to look beyond the obvious to see beauty in darkness. They intend for all collaborations to embody themes of hope and unity.