According to Dean, colour therapy helps represent the world, one of the goals he pursues in his work. Through his use and study of colour, he seeks to order everything—to create a universal classification. As a result, the territory of painting becomes too narrow for him and he broadens the scope of his investigations into occupied spaces and human interaction in such spaces. Another feature of his work is the reuse of various everyday objects, which he transforms into art objects. Colour, sound and movement are important elements in Stephen Dean’s pieces, in which rhythm and synchrony also play a role in achieving the kind of environmental abstraction he aspires to create. This is exemplified in the sculptural pieces he created out of aluminium ladders with panes of coloured glass inserted between their rungs. The original idea behind Volta was to recreate a place where a mass social event, a celebration, takes place—in this case the stands of a football stadium in Brazil. In the installation constructed by Dean, the video is screened in a closed space surrounded by giant flags, a setting that makes viewers feel trapped. The piece resembles a previous work entitled Pulse, shot at a religious festival in India. In both cases, the power of colour is an essential element in a mass ritual, a moment of collective celebration that induces a trance-like state in participants.