Death, Resurrection, Ascension, DCP, 99 min, 2018
Premiered at The Cinematheque in Vancouver, BC September 2018
Feature length film constructed entirely of security camera footage of the artist guiding a ritual participant engaged in a healing rite for sexual abuse, using psilocybe cubensis as a tool for hacking into the subconscious and purging repressed trauma.
A sea of glitches floods the visual landscape of the work–documented on security cameras– causing the movements of the characters, a ritualist (Aurora), and a seeker, engaged in a sacred rite, to merge with the aether of the surrounding, sterile room.
Throughout the course of the ceremony, the two women oscillate between various frontiers of the seeker’s psyche, as Aurora engages with occult technologies in an effort to aid in the excavation process of psychological trauma from within the subconscious mind of her cohort. As her layers unfold, a window into the shrouded world of the ritual arts is opened, a world rich with canonical visions, and iconography surrounding the work’s scriptural namesake–told through the swan song of one woman’s archetypal sorrow.