Myth and Prosthesis II: I Enjoy The World

“I Enjoy The World” is the second installment of the “Myth and Prosthesis” series, a reflection on the relationship between body, mind, reality, technology, politics and culture. It is an immersive, site specific sound installation that creates a sonic meditation environment, which uses music as its main medium, together with video, poetry and robotics. It is the result of an experiment I did over six months, which consisted on the use of different technologies of the self: sexual repression/excess, virtual disconnection/hyper-connection, and fasting/psychoactive overstimulation, as ways of recovering mysticism as a form of resistance and agency. I wanted to re-interpret mysticism outside of the monopoly of official religions, ancestralisms, or new age. 

I understand mysticism and mythology as a subversive relationship between body, mind, technology and reality. Our dreams, mind/bodies and altered states are arguably the most important negotiation arena these days. Capitalism is developing an extremely effective set of prostheses/new technologies and virtual worlds/social media to control that negotiation arena. I am interested in re-coding mysticism and myth to use them as way to escape the fields of meaning of capitalism. To create a personal mythology and my own prostheses, outside of the insidious dynamics imposed by new technologies and social media. 

The music for “I Enjoy The World” is the main element of the installation. It is a 40 minute music piece created while inhabiting the different self-induced mind/body states over the 6 months experiment. It was conceived and performed with a series of prostheses/instruments that include software and hand-built hardware I made specifically for the project also over that period of time. 

The site specific sound installation/sonic meditation also includes texts/visions I wrote during the 6 months experiment, extended visuals by Muriel Holguín, and a live interaction of myself with the sound sculpture  from “Myth and Prosthesis I: Do Robots Have Ethnicity?”, a drumming robot that generates random rhythmic patterns and improvises in real time with a Latin American-oriented logic of rhythm (more info here). 

 

“A psychonautic deep dive” – Wire Magazine
“Engrossing and creatively brilliant on every count” – The Hum (full review)
“A lysergic, high level sonic engineering piece” – Zona de Obras (full review)
“A superb example of electronic experimentation” – Indie Guides 

 

Site Specific Installations
 
 
Sonic Meditation at Omi International Arts Center. New York 8/17/17
 
3 phases:
1. Intervention at the sculpture garden
2. Listening of sound landscape
3. Sonic meditation. 
 
 
Photos by Ross Wilson.  

 
 
 
Performance and altar construction for Radial Gallery. Live online transmission from my own home. Brooklyn 8/10/17
 
4 phases:  
1. I constructed an altar using sound sculpture/drumming robot and personal symbol system. 
2. Sound sculpture/Drumming robot improvises a piece in realtime. 
3. Sonic Meditation+Dance 
4. Closure. 
 
  
        
 
 
   
 
 
 
 Photos by Ameer Kazimi.  
 
 

Sonic Meditation. Closed doors session for 10 people. Lima 7/21/17
 
5 phases: 
1. Indications and instructions were sent to each participant
2. When they arrived, they were asked to be in silence and a text was handed out (see below)  
4. Afterwards they were taken to a room where the video was projected
5. Then they were taken to a dark room where they listened to the sonic meditation for 40 minutes
6. At the end lights were turned on and the participants left in silence
 
 
 
 
 Photos by Aspasia Narvaez  

 

 

Translation of text by Debora Levy:
 

[And in the vision I was told

That the theory of gravity would one day be a laughable belief.

That the fact that immense masses of earth and water don’t fall up into the infinite abyss of the universe has more to do with matters of repression and psychic design at a grand scale. That it is also how collective illusions like scientific thought and the sky are generated. That the sky is only there to mask the daily confrontation with the illusion of humanity. That there are universes much more beautiful in which everything is constantly falling. And that death had something to do with that.

 

                                              [Penetrate[&]Di{vid}e]

                                              My[First|Mitosis]

                                              Astral Mitosis = Karyokinesis|karyo = nucleus|kinesis = movement]

                                              [Is the name of the first phase of Mito[Sis[

             [Randomized connections]no less real]

             ]Schizophrenia]and]the Internet][no less real

                       Schizophrenia, art, creativity, curators, the internet and the control of

                          ]Potential]Cybernetic| &Synaptic]Connections

 

There is only one being and he is alone in the universe, and every single thing that exists is his hallucination. He refuses to accept nothingness with such intensity that an immense energy accumulates, generating a black hole that absorbs all nothingness and constantly generates realities. As he comes to accept that he is in absolute solitude, he comes to the painful realization that he too is an illusion. And that he must die. Imagine what the last human on this earth might feel confronting death. Or if he ended his own life. Now imagine what the universe might feel upon dying, upon ending its life. You are that being. You would have to confront all this if you decided to wake up from the psychosis of reality. Please wake up, this message comes from reality, from those that love you, please wake up. We are out here and we love you.

 

The spirit that protects me

is a being made of 100,000 kilograms

of cotton

[I]Enjoy]The]World]Efraín]Rozas[ ]