A live divination with Moving Image, Music and Story by Peter Mettler (filmmaker), Franz Treichler (musician, The Young Gods), and Jeremy Narby (author of The Cosmic Serpent and Intelligence in Nature).
A filmmaker, a musician and an anthropologist fuse their arts in a live alchemical improvisation, feeding off one another in real time, drawing from our shared human existence, saturated with knowledge, sound and image. This three-way fusion mixes hypnotic technologies with oral tradition. It transforms and re-contextualizes self-made and collected materials. It engages in a kind of divination of the mediated world’s ‘unconscious’.
Amazonian Yaminahua people say all living beings are animated by yoshi, which are invisible, multi-faceted beings. To communicate with yoshi, they sing in an indirect and metaphoric language called “tsai yoshto yoshto,” “language twisting twisting”, or twisted language. Yaminahua people use twisted language to address the multi-faceted yoshi beings, because “normal words would crash into them”, whereas twisted words allow you to go in close, but not too close, to circle around them, and see them clearly. Here metaphor is not improper naming but the only naming possible.
World Premiere at VideoEx - May 30, 2015