Qammavinguaq, Akunnaaq, Greenland
April 4-11, 2023
Natural indigo and sea ice
At the junction between the sea ice and the land, ("issineq"), what happens? At this precise meeting point, a meditative exploration.
Every morning, I leave the village of Akunnaaq to go to this exact place, in the bay of Qammavinguaq ("the-place-where-we-see-the-animals"). I walk in the snow between the few houses then I leave the path. Now, only the tracks of arctic foxes and hares. I cross a first frozen lake, a hill, a second frozen lake, another hill before descending towards the ice floe, the frozen sea. For thousands of years, sea ice has been forming in the Arctic.
At -2°C, salt water turns into ice. So, it is no longer the waves that come to lick the rocks, it is no longer the chop, the surf or the swell that come to break there, but the ice. However, the tides remain and the line is alive to the rhythm of the moons. On the surface and in depth it fractures, lets itself be submerged, goes up along the stone walls, by transparency lets appear algae. Below, the sea currents continue their movements, eroding and folding it. Above, the wind sculpts the fractured blocks. The frost settles there. The sun melts it. The night regenerates it.
Unique edge where I can stay, sit, lie down, meditate.
What does this touchpoint say?
A performance over 7 days including a meditative walk (45 minutes), a meditation on the edge (5 min) and a psycho-corporal imprint with indigo on the ice floe (3 min).
A questioning of permeability, incarnation, matter, sensoriality, contact, fusion, definition of reality, transcendence.
DAY n°1 – April 4, 2023
I go back in time and space.
Communication takes place through the stomach.
Origin of the Lines.
DAY n°2 – April 5, 2023
In this dive, only the beating of my heart reminds me that I am alive.
How hard it is to come back to the surface!
DAY n°3 – April 6, 2023
The narwhal I ate yesterday keeps me warm.
So, I embrace the ancestors lost at sea.
I can stay there.
DAY 4 – April 8, 2023
On the edge, I am in the right place.
My axis of humanity is taking shape.
DAY 5 – April 9, 2023
I breathe the air that connects me to the earthly world.
The air that defines me.
And by which I enter into fusion.
DAY 6 – April 10, 2023
Perception of the shore-matter,
Of my body-matter.
Identification. Merger. Incarnation.
DAY 7 – April 11, 2023
Eidetic reduction. So, I am only my axis of light.
And the edge is crossed.
Here, my final imprint on Earth.