Julie Libersat
Mall Mandala
2018
Lasercut formica, wood
7' x 7'
Mall Mandala is an interactive multi-part video installation that presents a fictitious shopping mall designed to resemble a mandala. Using the shopping mall and the parking lot as formal and conceptual frameworks, Mall Mandala explores consumption as a modern form of worship. Libersat employs symmetry and patterns to present the shopping mall as a temple of the golden age of capitalism and the parking lot as a labyrinth. Driving the parking lot surrounding Mall Mandala or hovering above in the air, viewers can experience the virtual space through multiple mediated perspectives, as first-person driver, an isometric perspective in helicopter view or through a god’s eye aerial perspective.