by heini nukari and laura mäkelä

design of music instruments: jörg fahlenkamp

premiered on 12. june in berlin


serpentime is inspired by shamanism and its relation to performing and creativity. shamanism is one of the oldest ever developing practical and universal metaphysical sciences in the world. it is a timeless and open-minded philosophy about the acknowledgement of parallel realities and the integrity and connectedness of all phenomena in the cosmos.

we are interested in how shamanic techniques can be used in the creative process and how shamanism relates to music, movement and writing. in our practical explorations we use the ecstatic trance technique (by felicitas d. goodman and nana nauwald) which uses ritual body postures found in cave paintings and sculptures in different cultures and eras. as most shamanistic practises, this technique uses rhythmic stimulation of the body, combined with the body posture, to produce a change in consciousness. these postures feed us with images, movement and voice qualities which we then use for performative material. it is a transformative process of inner landscapes intermingling with each other. we also embody certain animals like bats, spiders, snakes and jaguars who function as a messanger between worlds.

an important element in serpentime is a string-percussion instrument called “koomori” (bat in japanese) which is specially designed for the piece. koomori acts as our shaman’s drum and guides us during the journey.

the name “serpentime” refers to the mythic connotations around the serpent and the concept of cyclical time. the so called feathered serpent is seen as a powerful creator which connects the powers of earth and sky and tends to appear around the times of change. we are now in the process of closing the materialistic era which has prevailed the last 5000 years. we are about to enter a very new era in which the presence and acknowledgement of parallel realities are taken as a natural phenomena. serpentime is born out of the need to take part in the change which we feel in the air.