This is a collaborative project with artist Cameron Orr. We have been practising shamanic meditation using drumming techniques popularised by anthropologist Michael Harner. We have been using this method to inform and develop our work – specifically in the creation of collaborative paintings and music.
While on residency at The CCA, we experimented with music and sound – drawing inspiration from shamanic drumming sequences and creating our own contemporary interpretations. We created functional meditative tools using synthesizers, electronics and non-traditional instruments.
Throughout the residency, we hosted participatory sessions of sound meditation. The sessions lasted around one hour and a half and involved a private viewing of the works-in-progress, an introductory explanation of the project, and finally a guided shamanic meditation session. Participants listened to the audio sequence we made with their eyes closed and were given a set of guides to use in their journey. At the end, they were given the option to draw or write about their experience and discuss those with us.
The sculptures were made by me and were installed to serve as guardians to protect the participants and us during the shamanic journey.