LENA DITTE NISSEN
AWAKENING - FUTURE
With the Séance-like happening „AWAKENING - FUTURE“, we invited the audience to a ritual for freedom and security. After breathing exercises and the preservation of a mantra - for security or freedom - the visitors entered the dark ritual space. Inside the ritual space the mantras were spoken aloud, as well as various individual physical interactions between the performers and guests took place. These caused the focus to be placed on the space and the moment. The gestures of touch activations are inspired by Bill Morrison‘s film „Re: Awakenings“ about Oliver Sacks‘ „woken up“ patients, survivors of „European Sleep“ (Encephalitis lethargica), a global epidemic from 1916 to 1927.
In a collective process, which illuminates the boundaries between individual, spiritual meaning and everyday life as an unsecured area, we address the question of how the desire for meaning and spirituality is satisfied? What components of everyday life play together when searching, finding and losing these primary and universal desires for meaning?
During the Awakening ritual for freedom and security, all participants speak their individual mantras (of security or freedom) so that an acoustic sound carpet is created. Parallel smoked arises in the space and the participants have the chance to burn their mantras ceremonially, which then light up brightly. When the smoke detectors are reacting to the spirituality and excitement of the participants with a loud tone multiplying their voices, the audience is faced with the question of whether security is alarming, and whether alarming freedom is a threat.
KAI10|Arthena Foundation - „TAKE UP YOUR SPACE
BACC - Bangkok Art and Culture Center
PLAY Festival Köln/Düsseldorf
- a ritual for freedom and safety
AWAKENING - FUTURE, 2016