Anais-karenin & Silvia Noronha, Great Rumble
sound art / video art / digital images / installation, 2020 - on going
Installation idea - draft
First experiments with textures, shapes and glazes
Great Rumble deals with the association between tupanvirus, a giant virus, and the Brazilian indigenous cosmologyfromGuarani’sregardingtheentitycalledTupã.Theworkstartedfromasoundartdeveloped in collaboration between Anais-karenin and Tatsuro Murakami integrated with a video, which merges microscopic views of the tupanvirus and graphic drawings created based on the readings of the myths about Tupã, especially its interpretation as the First Great Sound and the Void.
Tupanvirus is a species of giant virus who was discovered in an alkaline lake in Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil). Because it only infects amoebas, its constitution is associated with the ancestral forms of life on Earth. The name of the virus refers to Tupã, an important element of Guarani’s original cosmology, which consider thunderstorm as an invisible entity that emerge from the heavy thunder sound, like a God. “Great Rumble” addresses these paradoxes of the associations between a virus and the indigenous cosmology.
Considering the sound and the video as a starting point, the exhibition is formed by two other parts: an installation and graphic images, which deal with a narrative and speculative layer constructed around mythological and scientific knowledges triggered by the work. The installation will be a collaboration with Silvia Noronha and her deep-thinking methodologies which allow matter to perform its own existence. From these technics, we materialize the saline fossilization of the virus as a revelation of ancient mythical symbols - which cannot be fully understood if an exercise of shifting the standard way of thinking isn’t done.
All exhibition elements are based on the phrase “Tupã will be reborn in the heart of the foreigner” a prophecy of Guarani’s cosmology in which Tupã will awaken future hearts of non-indigenous people opening their minds to another ways to face the world. The prophecy is occulted on the sound and on the installation, and is revealed by the graphic images.
For the sound, the vowels of the prophecy was extracted (Y, U, O, A, E, I and silence), which are considered the essential tones that tune the spirit, by Guarani’s. From these vowels a melody was created and is sung by a hummingbird voice, who is considered Tupã’s divine messenger of the prophecy. In the graphic images the mythology and the sound sheet are visually represented, creating a kind of translation. From putting these elements together, the exhibition mix narratives from past, present and future as a regenerative perspective, where the limits between each other can’t be seen anymore.