The wire mandala is an ancient meditation tool, approximately 3000 years old. Sources debate whether the design first originated from India, China, or Tibet. A single mandala can morph into 35 different forms, each said to have a different effect on the psychology + physiology of the viewer.
Fool Moon Lunar Eclipse
Part I: LIGHT (YANG)
Featuring a 28-petaled silver mandala (7 petals per tier). Mime shuffles through formations before incandescent spotlight. Inaudible lower frequencies from one journey of life plays sped up, a summary of birth to death unfolding.
Performed at Metro Gallery and Black Cherry Puppet Theater in Baltimore, Maryland (2012). (Sound: a lifetime and the DMT your body released when you died- The Bowlegged Gorilla)
Part II: SHADOW (YIN)
Featuring a 20-petaled fluorescent mandala (5 petals per tier). On the night of a full moon lunar eclipse, a being emerges from box, sheds layers into Skeleton, and dances to moon-song under black light. It regards the box as carnal body, and the stage, downtime between carnations. After the eclipse, Skeleton guzzles potion and returns to box, which stagehands carry off.
Performed at Black Cherry Puppet Theater in Baltimore, Maryland (2013). (Sound: violin improv- S. Mak)
Demonstrations of duality and scale-based transformation.
Performed at 125 Brexton and MICA Studio Center (2012). (Sound: Omoo Omoo)