Sunrise on the Amazon River, Brazil, October 2002

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Sanctuary is an interactive architectural installation exploring cross cutural interpretations of 'safe haven', focusing on the natural and spiritual. A cross between painting and photography, animation and documentary, the work employs tangible media in navigating thousands of images, sounds, texts, and movies recorded around the world. From China to Bolivia, it is a global narrative based on peace and understanding.

Music is by Shahrokh Yadegari, with vocals by Azam Ali, percussion by Greg Ellis, and violin by Keyevash Nourai.

Production assistance provided by the midia@rte Laboratory of the School of Fine Arts at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil with special thanks to Professor Heitor Capuzzo and Ricardo Sousa. Technology consulting from Professors Miller Puckette and Shahrokh Yadegari of the University of California, San Diego and Mark Danks of Electronic Arts. Custom hardware by James Snook of the Neurosciences Institute of La Jolla, California.

Made with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, Intel Corporation, the University of Southern California Zumberge Fund for Innovation in Research, and the Robert and Elizabeth Knight Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Program at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. Special thanks to the Manitoba Arts Council, the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture, Sharon Alward, Robert Epp, Cliff Eyland, Ken Jacobsen, Char O'Kell, Alex Poruchnyk, and Celia Rabinovich.

Sanctuary was premiered in Gallery One One One, of the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada in October of 2005.

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Recordings were made for Sanctuary in Canyon de Chelly of Arizona in 2001 with the permission of Sorensen's Navajo Indian guide. Click here to see a video clip

Vibeke Sorensen at Tiwanaku, Bolivia on June 21, 2002 for Incan Indian descendents' winter solstice ritual. Click here to see video clips


Life along the Amazon River, Brazil, October 2002. Excerpt of music by Uakti, "Mapa"

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