I ENJOY THE WORLD
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).”
Text by Efraín Rozas. READ MORE
Stream via Radial Gallery
Music Piece/Sonic Meditation
Cassette released by Buh Records (Sold Out). Available for download here:
Extended Visuals by Muriel Holguin.
“The spirit that protects me
is a being made of 100,000 kilograms