Film, Festival

Delicate Spells of Mind (SIFA 2022)

Organised by: Singapore International Festival of Arts 2022
Performed by: Lucy McRae (Australia)
  • Date:
    20 May - 5 Jun 2022
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Raw and ambitious, Delicate Spells of Mind is an intriguing performance film by Lucy McRae that dissects the operating system of the mind – where a Seeker contends with ego, the inherited artificial intelligence.

SIFA commissions renowned British-born, Australian science fiction artist, body architect, film maker and TED fellow Lucy McRae to create a world premiering performance film for Life Profusion.

Delicate Spells of Mind occupies two worlds: that of a 'Seeker' and 'Other'. The Seeker's self-invented 'practice', appearing as acts of care and game, are her sincere attempts to flee from pain and error. With a dashboard of gadgets and controllers to calculate outcome, the Seeker attempts to pre-meditate the best outcome – anything to circumnavigate the incessant thoughts she doesn't choose, but drives her.

Simultaneously, the 'Other's' world is populated with a procession of dancers costumed in inoperable mocap suits, a committee, an organism, traveling and prostrating in search.

Switching between worlds, the Seeker and the Other are caught in a tug of war, grappling with a riddle of a rope – the 'lifeline' contraption. They eventually come to share the same plain of existence, emptying through movement, shape and ritual, to invite healing, where both Seeker and Other co-exist.

Designed to invite multiple interpretations, Delicate Spells of Mind approaches the spectator as a malleable subject for change and self-reflection, allowing for higher states of consciousness, where humanity, science, ethics, technology shapeshift, integrate and unite.

An existential voyage into psyche, Delicate Spells of Mind is an attempt to invite acceptance, belonging and learning to fit in as we are, rather than rooting out ego once and for all.

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Delicate Spells of Mind (SIFA 2022)