This interactive aural and visual art installation generates sounds and luminous reflections – making the invisible visible by using a spatial environment to deploy the different forms of vibrations that make up our reality.
A bowl filled to the brim with liquid is presented before you. You hear the sacred chants of the Amazonian Shaman, Iba Huni Kui, vibrating across the surface. The harmonic frequencies transform the surface of the water in the basin by forming an array of geometric forms, with the undulations reflected on a partition. Given our body is composed of over 70% water, the different waves made visible are the reflection of the effect of these sounds and the energy in our bodies.
Cymatics, the study of forms generated by sound on matter, is a key component of this work. At the crossroads of science and art, these explorations offer keys to another consciousness between Man and his environment at the junction of our modern society, on its way to becoming an immaterial society, and ancestral cultures where the world remains equally visible and invisible.
The reflections on the water create a sun in fusion, its colours changing in relation to the shaman’s brainwaves. A brain interface allows us to analyze the theta waves, which correspond to the extreme states of relaxation experienced by the shaman during the chant. The installation thereby allows us to different facets of the vibrations that make up our reality; sound, light, matter, energy, emotion…
The installation is accompanied by drawings of the HuniKui sacred chants, created by different members of the tribe, which are presented as visions and poems associated with the sacred chants. This is an art form from a living ancestral culture. These sacred chants accompany shamanic rituals and generate a multitude of visions that are rendered as paintings, via a blend of poetic translation of the chant and the visions it generates. The work presents two ways of seeing the invisible dialogue between technology and the sacred.