effe is a live audiovisual performance by the duo Lola and Yukao Meet. effe is about shamanism, afterlife and fetishes.
It is experienced as a voyage in a supernatural world, mesmerizing and poetic.
The audio side of the performance associates vocal loops, electroacoustic compositions, and a sequencer for rhythms and samples. The visual part of effe is digitally augmented live drawing captured through a tablet or through a camera. The drawing is augmented with generative effects based on particles and cellular automata. The duo associates the most cutting edge digital technologies with ancient vocal and graphical motives into a unique postmodern art form.
effe’s plot begins with an ambivalent dressing up into a fetish spacesuit, and a tribal face painting to connect with spiritual energies around us.
Why do birds emerge from the made-up face, call, and swirl around? Get yourselves prepared to a trip into abnormal reality! As in an ancient ceremony, a chanted poem accompanies a dance… and the digital drawing on top of the dancing body progressively entangles with energetic and expansive connections to soul and flesh.
An ecstatic ascent to the sky, a tree of life deeply connected to the subterranean forces, and lyric poetry supported by primitive drums initiate a shamanic adventure in a superhuman world.
There, twinned angels or healers take care of our wounded planet. A soothing melodic incantation transforms violence and fire into a glowing specter… who eventually turns into a flock of bird (probably our regenerated radiating souls).
Through the evocation of the otherworld, effe questions contemporary issues: Environment and the destiny of our planet, The loss of our connections with the sacred and the quest, for some of us, to regain spirituality in life, The troubling analogy between some current minority practices and ancient rites.
Reference: Mircea Eliade, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, trans. Willard R. Trask (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972). Mircea Eliade: The Epilogue to "Shamanism"
Your Face - Birds soundtrack