Laya Papaya Public Bath is a wooden bathhouse that offers itself to meditations and body exorcises that center on the sensations of having a body. Anybody that signed him/herself up could publicly perform a series of meditations such as Rhythmic Breath, Body-Mud-Root-Posture (which is also know as Body-Mud-Glove) and Washing. Significant in the Bathhouse is the overall focus on the skin, which is, next to the aura and the chakras, a very important part of the body.
Amidst free roaming onlookers the participating members of the Laya Papaya Public Bath remained motionless and silent for about two hours per person while they explored their durability within the pretext of being 'frozen’ in Body-Mud-Root-Posture.
The hands of Laya Papaya (the ginger man in white with the stunning legs) a variety of clay, mud, oils, herbs and flowers were applied on the skin of the participants to re-affirming the physical outline of their body, limning it in a nurturing glove. In this insulated moment of time all participants made an experiential journey as both the motionlessness and the changes in temperature that occurred led them into a state of trance. Participants explored an alternate sensation of having a body until they decided to break their spell and withdraw themselves from the Bathhouse. All the meditations were publicly accessible (also by those that are not participating in the rituals) on June 28 and July 4, 5 and 6 in TENT, Rotterdam Netherlands. There the remains of the ritual bathing session resided as a sculptural installation for two whole months.
Laya Papaya wants to thank all participants, onlookers, materials and spirits for guiding the moment.
Concept and Execution: Jasper Griepink
Performer: Jasper Griepink
Camera : Margarita Kouvatsou
Edit: Jasper Griepink & Margarita Kouvatsou
Music: Wayan Loceng
(Financial) Support: Piet Zwart Institute, Materiaalfonds, Tierrafino