The Book of Happiness and Sadness, 2018
video, 8:36 min, sound


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The video is based on one of my drawing diaries and on my participation in the Ayahuasca ceremony. Ayahuasca is an entheogenic brew used in the ceremony and made out of Banisteriopsis caapi vine and other ingredients. The brew is used as traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin. In the video I scroll through the pages of abstract drawings in the book and recite my psychedelic group experience. The narrative and the patterns in the drawings mimic human inter-dependency and explore the significance of belonging to a group versus individualism.    


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Mark