Jeremy Shaw, DMT, 2004. Courtesy the artist and KÖNIG Galerie, Berlin.
A renewed interest in ritual, shamanism, and transcendental experience
Installation view of Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin: Aru Kuxpia | Sacret Secret, TBA21-Augarten. © Jens Ziehe, Vienna 2015.
“Everyone always talks about how, in times of crisis, people start looking for God.”
Anna Halprin explaining score of Planetary Dance. Photo © John Kokoska.
Composite view of Planetary Dance. Photo © earthalive.com.
The roots of shamanism
Installation view of Dineo Seshee Bopape, mabu/mubu/mmu, 2017. Courtesy of the PinchukArtCentre © 2017. Photo by Sergey Illin.
Park Chan-kyong, Citizen's Forest, 2016. Courtesy of Art Sonje Center and Kukje Gallery. Acknowledgement to Taipei Biennial 2016.
“This ferry sinking is a good example of how the system doesn’t work. I think it has a lot to do with the loss of a sense of community, and empathy.”
The artist as shaman
Joseph Beuys, I Like America and America Likes Me, 1974. © Joseph Beuys.
“In the modern world, the artist took over the role of the shaman.”
Production still from Barbara McCullough, Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification, 1979. Courtesy of the artist.
Portrait of Guillermo Gómez-Peña by Piero Viti. Courtesy of La Pocha Nostra.
The shamanic today
Saya Woolfalk, An Empathic Preparing to Paint Images from the Book Empathetic Plant Alchemy (Jillian), 2011. Copyright Saya Woolfalk, courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.
Installation view of Saya Woolfalk, ChimaTEK Life Products Virtual Chimeric Space (Detail View), 2015, in Seattle Art Museum: “Disguise: Masks and Global African Art.” Photo by Nathaniel Wilson. Copyright Saya Woolfalk, courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.
“The basic answers to our survival might lie precisely in the very indigenous communities that the corporate global project is rapidly destroying.”