Using a neurosensing headband developed by Berlin tech start-up, Neurofox, one of the performer’s brainwaves are transformed into visuals, while the other’s movements are sonified through a motion tracking device embedded in the costume, so that they can create the audiovisual landscape of the performance in real-time, making the invisible waves around us, visible.
Going back to their Colombian roots, the performers took the “doble yo” (The Double Me) concept from the pre-Columbian San Agustin culture as their standpoint. Most often depicted as the figure of a naked standing warrior, with on top of its human head, the head of a jaguar, it symbolises the magical power of the shaman. This creature embodies duality: Male and Female, Matter and Spirit, Rational and Instinctive. This sense of dichotomy fuels the piece. DEEP WAVES creates interactions between the Universal and Native, North and South, Mainstream and Subculture, Origin and Migration.
Although the digital era only appeared at the last second in the day of human evolution, DEEP WAVES uses these new tools to reflect on how important it is to create new rituals to reach, once again, that state when Mankind’s connection with nature was more tangible, its intuition better developed and its culture gave more emphasis to human interaction.
In this day and age of global warming, ecological catastrophes and cultural genocides, dystopian fears seem like visions of times to come, leaving Man as the sole prospect for the planet’s recovery, which is why it is ever so pressing for us to achieve such primordial ways of connecting.