Yoshtoyoshto (2015 – current)

A live divination with Moving Image, Music and Story by Peter Mettler (filmmaker), Franz Treichler (musician, The Young Gods), and Jeremy Narby (author of The Cosmic Serpent and Intelligence in Nature).

A filmmaker, a musician and an anthropologist fuse their arts in a live alchemical improvisation, feeding off each other in real time, drawing from our shared human existence, saturated with knowledge, sound and image. This three-way fusion mixes hypnotic technologies with oral tradition. It transforms and re-contextualizes self-made and collected materials. It engages in a kind of divination of the mediated world’s ‘unconscious’.

Amazonian Yaminahua people say all living beings are animated by yoshi, which are invisible, multifaceted beings. To communicate with yoshi, they sing in an indirect and metaphoric language called “tsai yoshto yoshto”: “language twisting twisting”, or twisted language. Yaminahua people use twisted language to address the multifaceted yoshi beings, because “normal words would crash into them,” whereas twisted words allow you to go in close (but not too close), to circle around them and see them clearly. Here, metaphor is not improper naming, but the only naming possible.

Performed at VideoEx Festival 2015, Théâtre de Vidy Lausanne 2016, Warsaw 2017, CPH:DOX Copenhagen 2017. More performances TBA.