Anke Schiemann

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The Shaman has his drum, his dance, his symbols and his trance. The Shaman of the Sámi people living in the rough landscapes of northern Lapland is more like a messenger than a priest. His garment is sacred and mirrors of his coat are protecting him on his journey. In his ecstatic rituals he is seeking for a gateway to the other side. The dualism of the soul and matter becomes meaningless once symbiosis is reached. Only then the shaman feels complete.
In the modern laboratory scientists developed their own indigenous rituals, symbols and technologies to find answers. With microscopes and computational simulations they lay their eyes on atoms and even smaller particles. No day goes by without discovering a new sun, a far away sun system or a earth like planet found by the world’s strongest telescopes. Aren’t these scientists our shamans, urging for transgress, seeking for symbioses?

"Machines of Transgress" is a video piece to feature some futuristic clothing designed by Designer and fellow artist Emilia Tikka.

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