Class of 2023 • Installation

Nikolas Ryan

Nikolas Ryan
National College of Art and Design (NCAD)


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


‘Transition To Transcendence’ is an immersive installation including a VR element. It takesroot in a profound exploration of my experience with Evangelism as a Trans man, guided byFoucault's insights on Biopolitics. Over a decade later, I was still experiencing thepsychological trauma linked to this, trying to live while being constrained by beliefs I nevertruly embraced. I noticed that conditioned beliefs often perpetuate systemic oppression. Tobreak free from this panoptical cycle of consciousness is to liberate ourselves from perpetualpsychological suffering.Embracing the wisdom of Jungian Psychology, I embarked on a transformative process ofIndividuation which Jung describes as something “only experienced by those who have gonethrough the wearisome but indispensable business of coming to terms with the unconsciouscomponents of the personality.” It unveiled the illusion crafted by my critical filter, revealingthat I had lived confined by beliefs I never truly embraced. Projecting my repressed ego, Iperpetually concealed my authentic self behind masks and personas.Drawing inspiration from Ericksonian Hypnosis, I harness the power of Virtual Reality toimmerse viewers in a meditative journey through my unconscious mind where theyencounter different 3D models of my chest.
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