In order to get more accurate results, our search has the following Google-Type search functionality:
If you use '+' in front of a word, then that word will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry +Potter will return results with the word 'Potter'.
If you use '-' in front of a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry -Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between two words, then both of those words will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry AND Potter will return results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'OR' between two words, then bth of those words may or may not be present in the search results.
ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry NOT Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
Placing '""' around words will perform a phrase search. The search results will contain those words in that order.
ex: "Harry Potter" will return any results with 'Harry Potter' in them, but not 'Potter Harry'.
Using '*' in a word will perform a wildcard search. The '*' signifies any number of characters. Searches can not start with a wildcard.
ex: Pot*er will return results with words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er'. In this case, 'Potter' will be a match.
Icon is based on my familial experience of Alzheimer's Disease and the institutions of memory. It explores the breakdown of identity and questions the purpose of belief; examining what is revered, and why. Displaced throughout life, my father, in his struggle with dementia, was exiled within himself, affected by the identities he lost, recreated and lost again.
Icon is an assessment of the role of faith in end of life processes, and an encounter with the medicine of memory. It represents personal and broader cultural ideas about images, role models and styles of worship, examining how in daily life we reflect our sense of self in the possession of minutiae and the ceremony of repetitive processes.
As our population ages and the number of dementia sufferers increases, I believe it is too easy to lose our grasp on the personal histories that are integral to who we are as individuals, families and communities.
Ultimately Icon is a journey in real time with a person who cannot comprehend it. My father had taken a number of unwilling voyages in his life, and his struggle through dementia was no different. He had always been a survivor. But eventually, we can only survive ourselves for so long.