Meta-trixx - This is not a ritual
The project examines links between rituality and trickstery (of senses) in the post-truth era.
In the Meta-Trixx project the archetypal shapeshifter/ trixxter becomes an instrument of meaning. As we enter the Metaverse, the Trixxter character can convey many deeply seated issues around reclaiming human beings as metamorphic in the convergence of alternate realities where we witness treachery of images - deep fake, post-truth, simulated realms.
Trixxter is a shapeshifter, and in ritual, shapeshifting (usually into animals) is done with use of ritual clothing, language, and body movement. The project researches notions of trickstery as it is conveyed in visual and oral ritual language, through the ritual use of riddles and optical illusions and other sensory tricks that allow the viewer to be taken into the simulation.
“Ceci n’est pas un pipe” as famously written on a painting of a pipe of Magritte. How do digital and simulated spaces affect (trick) our sensory imagination of our bodies? How does the embodied internet evoke new spiritual territories and inner experiences of our bodies? And most importantly, when is trickstery considered healing and when is it treacherous?
“This is not a pipe” ; in an all encompassing simulation, we witness “What is not a ritual” A shapeshifting dance in a post-club context, attuning to digital landscapes as mutidimensional unities of life integrating inorganic, organic and animal dimensions.
This project is supported by CBK Rotterdam.
Collaborators: Klemen Brank, Vitan Dzhus, Brencha, Nvisible.Studio, Sara Rman