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Janeil
Engelstad

Projects & Exhibitions

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Heaven is Now! © Janeil Engelstad, 2005, single channel video, clip 3:45, total running time 22 minutes, All Rights Reserved.

Video installation and interactive exhibition Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Il

With the participation of Patrick Fuller, Oceana Hayes, Pamela Miller, Claudia Rose
and Rumiel Rothschild

Heaven is Now!, documents people building stone pagodas in locations throughout the United States. A Buddhist tradition, the pagodas are created as a physical representation of a prayer or as a simple meditation to honor being present in the moment.

The video was shown in a specially constructed meditation room within the gallery. Throughout the space were rocks and stones of all shapes and sizes for people to build their own pagodas, thus the feel and content of the exhibition changed daily. 

I produced this video and exhibition to offer a place for people to connect with the peaceful, inner aspect of ourselves that is available to each of us at any time. In this space we can create heaven within, on this planet, and in this moment.