The book Who am I? by Steven Reiss tells us about the 16 basic desires that motivate our actions. I chose five of them to design the space, namely eating, romance, saving, status and idealism, which are most relevant to the host (aa paralysed dancer). Meanwhile, according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory, I arranged the space from the bottom to the top according to the pyramidal level of the theory, representing people’s physical desires from basic material needs to higher spiritual pursuits.
This space is not a comfortable and idealised environment to represent desire but the opposite of an uncomfortable and frightening experience. By recreating the dream world through exaggeration, when people’s otherwise normal desires are infinitely magnified, it creates the effect of the opposite, by feeling pain and thus realising that life should not be trapped by such desires. The world shown inside the tower is a virtual space reflected by the soul’s state of mind. Most souls see their subconscious desires and the tower amplifies the desires in people’s minds.
This tower is a disturbing place, a prison and a playground, where the host’s world is part dream, part nightmare.