António Distante + Frederico Pimpão - Akasha, 2019

I am proud to release the video presentation for Akasha, the interactive multimedia installation that Frederico Pimpão and me developed together for my exhibition 'Dark Atlas' at Mute Art Project.

The Akashic Records are a compendium of all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intent ever to have occurred in the past, present, or future. They are believed to be encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the etheric plane.

Akasha is an ever-changing meta-archive. 

It was built holding a massive archive of video and sound that I captured myself on site in different countries in Asia. Two algorithms, one connected to video and the other connected to sound colide constantly against each other, creating a poetic experience, ever-changing and of near-infinite signification.


'Dark Atlas' was an exhibition developed based on a book by Gérard de Nerval called 'Voyage to the Orient', in which he dissolves the barriers between reality and fiction, and questions notions of identity.

This is very dear to me, as my production exists in the strange folds between the real and the fictional, the personal and the universal, the physical and the inner journey and between the personal and the collective unconscious.


I would like to thank all of the people involved in the materialisation of this beautiful piece: to the great Federico Dal Pozzo for designing the sound script, to António Cinzas for the metal work on the structure and Rethorica Studio for helping us to create and build the black hole that encases Akasha.

Thanks to Pedro Semedo and the Garagem crew for the amazing video editing, sound work and for the language we are developing together (he also worked on the teaser for Dark Atlas show and I think many more will come) and to Ksenia Svishchenko for the Russian translation and for always having patience for my strange requests.

Last, to Frederico Pimpão, for being the amazing companion and digital monk that he always is. It is an honour to work with you. I think the video explains what we created better than my words.


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