0. Autopoiesis emerged from a common fascination of three multitalented artists for a secret rite called Cigùri. This ancient practice is rooted on the belief that self-creation or self-production (autopoiesis) coincides with that of absolute subjective dissolution.
1. According to that idea, life is not a given state, it does not proceed directly from birth; in fact it is a difficult achievement and one reached solely through the total destruction of the human self by the god Cigùri. This ritual elaborated throughout the ages consists of six ordered planes of altered consciousness. Even if these stages are inaccessible to usual or mundane awareness, they are nonetheless concrete transformative experiences leading to actual production (poiesis) and do not simply serve as a symbolic narrative. The traumatic insights and blissful visions experienced through the ritual are extremely dangerous. By exposing the self to complete annihilation, there is no guarantee that anything else will replace it; therefore, one can only prepare oneself by accepting death as an actuality.
2. The collective project Autopoiesis is a reflection on artistic creation: on both the art piece produced, and the transformation operated in the artist himself. It is a journey into the imaginative dimension inherent to reality. Following the 6 steps of Cigùri, the artists intertwined their visions and techniques to produce one single, multifaceted art piece presenting the sun cosmology of the Cigùri people.
3. Based on a careful study of the archaeological excavations of the tools, artefacts, fabrics and colours used to perform the ancient ritual, the miniature museum reproduces archives of soulology, of the practice of soulproduction. It functions as a laboratory dedicated to the investigation of the divine origin of human-creation, the “very mystery of all poetry”.
4. Ludovic Alussi is a well established fashion photographer in France, specialized in Still Life photography; he has left a lasting mark on the traditional approach to objects and light, teaching the eye to see the elements that compose matter.
Singer/song writer and fashion creator, Alice Paradisi aka Cigùri is known in Berlin for her dreamy electronic dark pop and magical charisma. Her work, visual as well as musical, shows a deep interest and long practice of martial aesthetics and mystic symbols.
From the Parisian design school Boulle, EGGON, a talented drawer and painter, has since then acquired the techniques of sculpture at the metal workshop of the famous art house Tacheles in Berlin. Her work, often characterized by a high sense of derision, explores the contrasted movements described by the feminine forms.
5. “I abandon myself to the fever of dreams, in search for new laws.”
― Quote from Antonin Artaud who was greatly influenced by his experience of the Rite of Cigùri after his journey
across the ocean in 1936.
0 – Birth
1 – Growth
2 – Movement
3 – Death
4 – Memory
VIDEO – Breathing Metal
Here is a short video from the Autopoiesis exhibition preview that took place last december in PlusMinusZero (Berlin, Germany).