Observing the Monkey Mind
This 12min video performance installation provides a ‘crossing of the threshold’ from the ordinary busy mental noise into an intense and introspective headspace that centers on the concept of here and now. The clips and audio have been stitched together in a web of sound and moving pictures to illustrate the “monkey mind,” a Buddhist term describing the seemingly ceaseless chatter of mind. Duckworth sits in meditation facing the audience for the duration of the video as the image is projected on top of and around him, a visual illustration of centering amidst the noise. AWAKE is a mirror of Duckworth’s ongoing mindfulness meditation practice, a practice that ultimately informs daily decisions and choices, leading to new awareness and a deeper understanding of himself and his environment.