By Mark Araujo
“Present, I am”, is a participatory interactive installation developed to make the participant present, aware, and in control of the progress of the art work through their movement in space and time. Throwing the participant into the thick of things, they encounter a maze-like structure, which they then navigate, immersing themselves further and further in audio and visual stimuli, all centered around the controversial topic of immigration: exploring this issue through various points of view.
Mark Araujo is a multidisciplinary artist from NYC working in sound, sculpture, video, and installation: focusing on expressive, experiential, and experimental modes. His work is influenced by fantastical musings of the natural world, mixed with an emphasis on social justice. As an educator, Mark emphasizes the therapeutic properties of art and art making, believing that through making, art leads to self-worth, encourages self-discovery, and results in more engaged communities.