In a lush Japanese forest, adjacent to the Yokohama Zoo, Pat Hoffie’s Harvester for Disappearing Dreams of Wildness invited participants to trap and share the essence of captive animals’ dreams. Gathered in remote funnels placed throughout the forest, these dreams, caught by viewers standing on a mechanism powered by bodyweight, connected animals and humans through the potent need for freedom. During a 30-year career, Hoffie has thus evolved into a postmodern bruja, conjuring work along the fluid boundaries between art, science, and magic, fact and fiction, past, present, and future.
Much has been written about Hoffie’s work in terms of cross-cultural, first and third world relations in the Asia Pacific region. As an Australian artist dedicated to interpreting the transition from cultural to capital economies and to shedding light on histories of unfair labor practices and social injustice, she has succeeded in offering an “aesthetic of challenge that wants to antagonize and rebuild connections between art and life.