Thanks for visiting. Here you can interact with the work in several ways and find out more about it.

The exhibition space at Phoenix has now closed. Photos of the exhibition are available here.



Send token to update Phoenix mantra

Tokens

View cipher to translate mantras

Cipher

Download your own random mantra

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Send Token

The mantra projected at Phoenix Cube is changed in response to interactions with the Prayer Wheel sculpture installed at DMU.

It is also possible to interact with it here. Click the button below to send an update token.

The token is sent directly to the website. The projection is refreshed every 25 seconds.

After sending a request, a new randomly generated mantra will be displayed. This will only be visible until the next token is sent or the wheel is turned.

Cipher

Refer to this to read the texts or write your own.

CODEX LATIN
A a A a
B b B b
C c C c
D d D d
E e E e
F f F f
G g G g
H h H h
I i I i
J j J j
K k K k
L l L l
M m M m
N n N n
O o O o
P p P p
Q q Q q
R r R r
S s S s
T t T t
U u U u
V v V v
W w W w
X x X x
Y y Y y
Z z Z z
Download a Mantra

Click here to download your own random mantra.

These include the 200 mantra that were created for the DMU Prayer Wheel sculpture and the stitched works.

About

Mantra is an interactive sculpture by Mateus Domingos created for Phoenix and the Arts Tower staircase at De Montfort University. The sculpture is displayed across both sites alongside wallhanging, stitched paper works.

The work is designed to explore repetition, randomness, belief and narrative. The paper works are small mantras stitched together into panels. The mantras range from focussed advice and encouragement about studying to jokes and vaguer truisms.

The Mantra sculpture follows the principles of a Buddhist prayer wheel. These are traditionally made with a single mantra on the outer layer. Around the core of the cylinder other mantra written on paper are wound.. The outer mantra is displayed across five 3d-printed segments and reads, “TAKE EACH STEP WITH CARE”.

The act of spinning the prayer wheel can be a meditative, contemplative act. It is about fostering this moment of interaction with an art object that is consciously performative and imaginative. The work also creates a resistance towards quick reading as the text is rendered using a fictional alphabet, Codex.

The sculpture is designed to interact with a remote location. As people pass by the wheel and turn it a button is triggered that sends a signal that will render an update to a website. This website displays a randomly generated mantra. This page is only visible within the space at Phoenix. Each time the wheel is turned the page will be changed and the previous mantra not seen again. This further provokes the need to translate or interpret the writing. Opposed to the prayer wheel mantra, these random ones are not created with specific intent and could therefore say anything.

Since developing the font I have explored using it through hand-drawn mantras and deploying it as a digital typeface. An early web experiment was a kind of magic square that would randomly generate a grid of letters.


As the exhibition at Phoenix has closed it is now possible to view the mantra controlled by the sculpture in your browser, here.

Links to other fictional alphabets and related works follow:

Exhibition
Artist

Mateus Domingos is an artist/writer living in Leicester.

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