Casting the Circle (2013-2014)
Casting the Circle is the documentation of telepathy exercises.
Those exercises where deeply inspired by Upton Sinclair’s Mental Radio (1930), by the fact of living in Japan without being able to speak a verbal common language with people I met outside CCA Kitayushu, and by the fact of having worked for Chiara Fumai for The Moral Exhibition House.
I was questioning what does it mean to have a body and how to exit from it, from one self.
The circles, the “rays of a spiritual wheel”, are consequence of a fascination both on animism and on the sisterhood in The Theosophical Society. [p.e. Annie Besant’s Thought Forms], and are linked to Alice A. Bailey’s Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle.
Non-hierarchic order recreated by this geometric figure refers to Lemuria. According to this myth, human beings were already standing but could not utter any sound to express their thoughts, since they lived in an astral and ethereal state. By evolving, their language began to include vowels and then consonants, but the development of language in the Lemuria continent never went beyond the single-syllable stage.
This encounter with a group of Japanese schoolgirls was conceived as a moment of substitution of self-awareness (Western feminist) by the practice of instinctive telepathy and non-linguistic interpersonal communication.
Apart from an esoteric interpretation, this experiment aims to be an ultra-linguistic appendix to gender theory.