This piece is in the continuity of an immersive installation project. I express here the notion of dissolution, the thinning of materials in reference to the sensation of dissolution of the body felt during anxiety attacks.
The subject of the immersive installation is as follows:
This project aims to create a proposal that would allow to experience panic attacks and a possible solution through an immersive installation of 4mn27s whose codes are inspired by shamanic healing rituals.
It is possible to see many links between shamanism, psychology and mental illness.
Indeed the person who will become a shaman often goes through a crisis which itself becomes a means of learning and understanding. She is forced into a violent assault that culminates in what looks like the complete destruction of her personality. According to these beliefs, these are the spirits that impose themselves on her will and choose her to transmit their powers to her. Then follows a reconstruction, the powers relate almost to a crisis of conscience, to a vision of the world and particularly to different forms of suffering that she has just undergone with intensity.
There is therefore a very strong link between what a subject in an anxiety attack goes through and what the future shaman goes through. Both are subject to an inner force which first appears as something insurmountable, very violent, but which then allows the emergence of a new or original personality, and ultimately a better understanding of the world and others.
It is in this capacity that I created this immersive installation, like an initiatory ritual through which the spectator could try to enlarge his understanding of the other and/or to imagine a possible cure.
Several codes of shamanic ritual and of the crisis process are evoked in this installation.
The sculptures are references to shamanic costumes and the feeling of dissolution of the body experienced during a crisis (burned, melted materials, etc.). The sound installation evokes the acceleration of the heart rate felt during the crisis, but also the important presence of music during the rituals. The light installation contributes to the loss of bearings and the epileptic effects felt. Finally, the presence of smoke evokes the perspiration of the body as well as the importance of smoke and water during traditional shamanic rituals. The immersive installation is divided into two parts. An "aggressive" first part in which the viewer can experience the crisis; and a second more hypnotic, which constitutes the appeasement, the healing process.
Penetrating into this ritual space, this place within the place, would allow access to a better understanding of crises. “Anxiety is a normal emotion that is an adaptive process: it makes us more alert and responsive to our environment”