Alchemy - Healing – Ecology
Corporeality & Environment; Energetic fields interaction
Melting forms is an installation – performance that explores the corporeality as a field of intensity, a connection of multiple forces and heterogenic non-meanings. Considering it as an open system where different structures (somatic, perceptive, spiritual, psychic) are in constant interaction and transformation.
Melting Forms combines different medias as sculpture, story telling, sound and lighting. “Aliveness” is a relevant aspect of this work, highlighting the transmutation of energy, through the performing action, where the artist has the role to guide and transform the state of the room using a wide range of intensities always by making connection with the audience. In that sense the performance activates the audience and the audience activates the performance, the articulation of relationships between the people who is part of this experience frames the performance as a social practice.
The installation has a sense of aliveness as well, focused in the alchemical phenomenon through the transformation of the element of water in to different states; solid, gaseous and liquid. The alchemical process occurs also by using medicinal herbs and flowers that are absorbed in the water as infusions or tisane, and then transformed in to ice or steam. This ancient healing knowledge is understood as the propriety of each medicinal flower and herb of contain subtler energies that are released through the connection with water and had the potential to affect the corporeality in different levels; strengthen and tone certain organs, as systems that can be used as medicine for any illness and also by their capacity to balance humours and restore equilibrium. The psychic aspect takes more relevance in this art project, in terms of the connection between energy as an "emotional field” and its connection with the energy coming from the environment; manifested by the flowers and herbs as elements growing up from the earth.
The performance offers a sensorial experience integrating temperatures, odours and tastes stimulating a wide range of perception into the audience, that way the device functions as an active environment navigating different states, disparate forces and crossed intensities.
CONCEPT, INSTALLATION & PERFORMANCE: Josefina Camus
PRODUCTION: Mayo Rodriguez
COLLABORATION IN SET UP: Francisco Bagnara, Maria José Zuñiga
SUPPORTED BY: PARALEL-O, Especie Axial, Casa O de Lastarria
FUNDED BY: Research Support Award, Goldsmiths University of London
IMAGES: Lorena Ormeño
VIDEO: Mila Ercoli, Josefina Camus