Raymond Salvatore Harmon

Maria Sabina was a Mazateca curandera (medicine woman) whose family had passed down the ancient traditions of the Mazateca people in secrecy for hundreds of years of Spanish suppression.

Her introduction to R Gordon Wasson in 1955 led to his recording and involvement in the practice of the Velada ritual, a ritual of psychedelic mushroom consumption that takes place in a totally dark room.

The audio of the Revelation of Maria Sabina uses the source material of Maria Sabina singing her invocations (recorded by Wasson) that are manipulated and mixed in conjunction with the creation of the video content. Both are analogues to the experience of the Velada ritual itself.

The video was created without using a "source" by circuit bending signal feedback to create the colour and light seen here. Much like the visual experience of the Velada the light comes from the darkness fed into an infinite loop.

This piece was created specifically for the Ambulante Festival in Oaxaca Mexico.

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