“Part of a series of ongoing work, Mantra, we explore the power of mantra and its transformative abilities.
We turned to japa (the repetition of mantra) in order to deal with the chaos of the world around at the moment.
Reciting these chants over the course of 100 days has led us safely through altered states of consciousness and these feelings of constant transformation have been documented in the form of psychedelic pictures created on a mobile phone.”
“We are learning about the mantra, its pronunciations, meaning and the story behind it. As part of this study and ongoing practice of chanting, we have chosen to look inside oneself to cultivate strong positive energies. The repetition of the mantra in the video is meant to focus our mind while we strengthen ourselves in the face of uncertainty.
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt
– Rigveda 3.62.10
The use of this mantra is believed to bring wisdom to the practitioner.”
Om Mani Padme Hum
“Encompassing entireties of Buddhist teachings, this mantra brings awareness while clearing the mind. It assists in detaching from the ego while releasing negative karmas that may be weighing us down.
Repetition of this mantra is said to purify our ego, jealousy, desires, ignorance, attachment and hatred. In doing so we are able to cultivate wisdom, compassion, patience, diligence, concentration and ultimately unity to all.”
Artwork, video and audio manipulation by Amicus Atman
Sound recorded by Ajeet Singh Sandhu
Mantra by Amicus Atman is created for Shelter 2020.
Influenced by mythology, legend and the stories that are told, Amicus Atman works to construct cross-dimensional and highly immersive artwork while interrogating the constantly evolving circumstances. Coding NFT's while constructing Wayang Kulit, making spicy meals and playing with interactive projection art are all part of the creative process that Amicus uses. As a South-East Asian creative, they are committed to staying true to their ancestral history, respecting tradition and looking to the future, while navigating current realities of living in colonized spaces.