Coming together at sunset with a view of the sea, at the Fish Factory Creative Centre in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland, I hosted a ceremony along with Sif Yraola. We joined together in The Spiral Dance – a Meditation on the Ghosts of our DNA, along with the beat of a drum, thanks to Tom Allon. We explored our inner DNA and the mysteries it holds of those that gave life to us and walked before.
I created a sculpture of old nets used for drying fish, relics of the fishing industry of yesteryear, found at the factory. This sculpture is approximately 10 ft. tall with more than 600 candles and composed of 200+ nets.
A tribute to our DNA and to our ancestors before us. My intention to create an atmosphere for movement, ceremony and contemplation. The shape, similar to DNA, also happens to resemble the symbol of my ancestral tribe, the Lumbee Indians.
Questions we pondered;
- What is DNA?
- What is passed on through our DNA?
- How are “survival instincts” passed on through generations?
- What other kinds of experiences might be saved in our DNA?
- Is it possible that DNA holds important memories of our ancestors?
- Can our DNA reveal experiences of previous generations long before our present time?
- Reveal fears? Reveal trauma? Reveal blessings? Reveal patterns?
- Can this information be accessed by us, here and now?
- Have there been times you instinctively knew information without learning it?
- Have you ever known about a historical event without physically being there?
- Have you experienced deja vu?
- Have been to a place for the first time that is completely familiar?
- Felt a strong connection to something without clearly understanding why?
- Met someone you just seem to already know?
During the ceremony we stopped and looked into each others eyes and then we moved together in unison.
We are the past as much as we are the future. We need to listen to our inner DNA. To conduct our own personal research and to find out for ourselves; to listen to the voices, feelings, sights and experiences of our ancestors. Their joys and fears are within us. In that way our ancestors are with us always.