“Water Lord Ritual”, 2019, video, 1:03 sec, music by Incantations Maruch Mendez.
This ritual was originally performed on October 17th, 2018 at Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York with waves between the 1-3 foot range on a semi-cloudy day. It started with a painting I did of a poem I wrote called “Water Lord” using Mayan logograms complemented with a set of syllabic glyphs. The process began with a meditation session to reveal a vision for this poem then I made an embroidered painting which then guided me to do this ghostly performance. The performance is to honor and display the respect I have for the water as if it were an entity or a god on its own. I celebrate its wetness, its fluidity, its availability to take on any shape and since we all 75% water, I want to show its direct connection to our biology and to the dream world.
“Neo Kingdom” Jamie Martinez and Erin Ko, Virtual Reality simulation, 1:56.
The Neo Kingdom is an exploration of mortality through Virtual Reality. Inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Ko and Martinez train their audience to navigate the afterlife. In this simulation, the viewer travels through the dark underworld with the hieroglyphic spells given to Ani that lead to the God, Anubis.
In Egyptian ancient times, only royalty received a codex which prepared them to navigate through the underworld leading to the afterlife. The codexes were personalized hieroglyphic spells written by the highest priests for the Pharaohs of Egypt. Now everyone can see and experience the journey through the underworld.
“The Wave”, 2018, 51 sec loop.
SPECULATIVE CULTURES. A Virtual Reality Art Exhibition Documentation film by peer to space, 2019 | Artists: Morehshin Allahyari (IRN/US), Scott Benesiinaabandan (CA), Matias Brunacci (ARG/DE), Yu Hong (CHN), Francois Knoetze (ZA), Erin Ko (US) and Jamie Martinez (COL/US) Curators: Tina Sauerlaender (DE), Peggy Schoenegge (DE), and Erandy Vergara (MX/CA) At: Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons/The New School, New York.