Becoming Invisible

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I didn’t make the artwork, Ian made a piece of art featuring me.

There is a video with me in it and it’s exhibited in the Bluecoat as a part of the “Resource’’ exhibition. That video made by Ian Whittlesea it’s called “Becoming Invisible’’, he’s the author of a book of the same title. London-based artist Ian Whittlesea is well known for his works based on spiritual-physical exercises, such as Yves Klein: The Foundations of Judo.

The video shows how I and the other people attempt to becoming invisible by meditating on the color spectrum. Before making the video, he gave us a small guide book with a colourful cover. It draws on the literature of Rosicrucianism, theosophy and esoteric yoga to demonstrate how, through breathing exercises and visualisation, the reader can learn to split light into its constituent parts, then recombine the seven colors of the spectrum to form a glowing white cloud that envelops its creator, rendering him or her invisible.

Before the meditation began I was told to choose one colour from the light spectrum. I needed to stand still and keep my eyes focused on a plain white wall and think about that particular colour. For the first seven seconds of the meditation I had to take rapid deep breaths and then resume breathing normally. While focusing on the colour I felt my body trembeling and after about a minute I regained my composure. Gradually the surface in front of me turned purple for a while and then faded back. It wasn’t an easy thing to do it required great focus. The aim of this exercise is of course not to physically disappear but rather to become enclosed in your own mental space. 




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