The world premiere of Canadian artist Miki Aurora's latest work. Death, Resurrection, Ascension is a documentation of a healing ritual shared between two women, who use magic mushrooms as a catalyst to access and release subconscious trauma caused by sexual abuse.
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— Death, Resurrection, Ascension, 98 min. | 2018
The latest incarnation of occult artist Miki Aurora's oeuvre, Death, Resurrection, Ascension marks the artist’s premier feature length art film--a work documenting an unscripted, ritualized, psychedelic healing process. A sea of glitches floods the visual landscape of the work--documented on security cameras-- causing the movements of the characters, a ritualist (Aurora), and a seeker, engaged in a sacred rite, to merge with the aether of the surrounding, sterile room.
Throughout the course of the ceremony, the two women oscillate between various frontiers of the seeker’s psyche, as Aurora engages with occult technologies in an effort to aid in the excavation process of psychological trauma from within the subconscious mind of her cohort. As her layers unfold, a window into the shrouded world of the ritual arts is opened, a world rich with canonical visions, and iconography surrounding the work’s scriptural namesake--told through the swan song of one woman’s archetypal sorrow.
The film's score is the work of award-winning composer Raghunath Khe, a former Vedic monk whose ethereal soundscapes form a core component of the work's DNA. Death, Resurrection, Ascension will mark Aurora and Khe's second public collaboration.
— About the Artist
My works, comprised of film, performance, video and installation, traverse the boundaries of the micro and the macrocosm. This process occurs through an application of the contemporary tropes associated with womanhood, which transform various female archetypes into totems for the dark psychological undercurrents pervading modern Western society. My work often utilizes ritualistic and occult processes to expound upon these societal ailments, concurrently posing investigations on the spiritual truths intrinsically part of this revelatory process. Pop archetypes, as well as cyberfeminist discourse and aesthetics, operate in their modernity as a tool for reformatting ancient philosophical discourse for consumption within our current social climate.
“Beyond emerging in some ways, Vancouver artist Miki Aurora... is not yet a household name. But with her beyond-the-box exploration of interdisciplinary art forms, and working within the taboo areas of occult and ritual, pop fame doesn’t appear to be at the top of Aurora’s reasons for doing the work that she does.”
— Ash Tanasiychuk, Vandocument
“This is their [Miki Aurora and Death, Resurrection, Ascension composer Raghunath Khe] investment in the discourse, contributing to the corpus of technology’s interface with the spiritual and sublime. What makes Dystopia Dreaming [2016 ritualistic collaboration] additionally intriguing is its ameliorative ends, the potential it identifies in this sublime space.... Ritch and Miki aim for nothing short of revolution.”
— Jonathan Kew, Discorder Magazine
“[Miki Aurora and Death, Resurrection, Ascension composer Raghunath Khe] are crafting intriguing and necessary ideas, and their latest project Dystopia Dreaming could be the inspirational template for a new wave of esoteric feminists.”
— Daniel Jones, UnReaL Mag