ICOSAHYDROPOD

site-specific for Anton Kats’ A-Letheia kiosk with Snehta
documenta 14 / Athens
2017
glazed clay bowl, textiles, sound 


The first hyperobject we befriend is water.

During our deep listening research in Greece we stumbled upon Mnemosyne, the personification of memory, who presides over a pool in the underworld.
Once a soul enters, it encounters two rivers: Mnemosyne which makes one remember previous incarnations, and Lethe which makes one forget them.
The archetype of memory referred to here is the memory of origin, the transpersonal recollection of what we have always known. Consciousness then is regarded as a dance between remembering and forgetting.  


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The bowl is being considered as the first tool that allows the possession of an element, leading to a “to-go-mentality.” The inside consists of a glossy black coating while the exterior shows a bright, pigmented dry surface that recalls the texture of cave paintings. We have inverted the cave. The visitor can bend down to see a reflection of himself in the surface of the water.

The bowl is located on the street Fokionos Negri in Kypseli, Athens.
Concrete covers a river that is still audible on one part of the street.
 
The alpha, theta and delta bass frequencies of the sound ritual are coupled with the geomagnetism of ocean waves inducing different states of consciousness.  
A fade-in of Michael Sembello’s Gravity almost unveils the secrets of immortality. 


I'm gonna take you higher than you ever
I'm gonna bring you closer to the river
I'm gonna take you, fill you with the thunder
I'm gonna bring you closer to my life
You're like gravity pulling me, gravity pulling me
You're like gravity pulling me, gravity pulling me
Pulling me
Mutual affection, molecular reaction
For every action there's an opposite reaction
Multiplication, love and variation
First constellation, equal stimulation
You're like gravity pulling me, gravity pulling me
You're like gravity pulling me, gravity pulling me
Pulling me
I've been to all of the stars in the sky
And I still can't believe it
Love conquers all
You're like gravity pulling me, gravity pulling me
You're like gravity pulling me, gravity pulling me
Pulling me
You can't escape the gravity
The law of relativity
But if you solve the mystery
You'll never grow old
The point of probability
The secret of [?]
The multiplier mystery
You'll never grow old