The way I work is very much in the instant and intuitive, and is also intense, because I need to invent therapies and at the same time, I am a bipolar patient. That’s why I developed a system that functions following my moods to avoid crisis and the traumatizing psychiatric hospitals. I call it the “global primitive survival”.
Last year I woke up at home in Bogotá by receiving a message: make your mask, make your “traje” and go to Switzerland to look for the roots of your roots!
First, I searched online for the list of the last traditional Carnivals in the Swiss Alps, then I learned how to sculpt the masks and designed copies of the Vatican Swiss guard uniforms.
I also proposed to my brother who lives in Basel to come with me on the trip to the swiss alps and he joined, and he became the avatar Litio.
I flew from Bogotá to Frankfurt – then Frankfurt to Basel by train. As soon as I arrived, we “transformed” into the respective avatars Litio and Quietapina and as an initiating Swiss ceremony, we went out in the cold night to get some cash. The morning after, off we went to beautiful Arolla in Valais, then Lötschental, then Fastnacht in Basel and Liestal.
In the Alps, we were running at night through the cold winter. We could not see anything from inside the masks, it was a real trance joining the huge beasts running with flames and bells, while we were also filming everything. It turned out to be a beautiful brother and sister reconnection journey!
Afterwards I went to Rome, Italy with the two avatars to make Vatican touristic clichés photos and meet briefly with the real guards that did not have the right to talk to their fellow bipolar double avatar version. Although of very short duration, I captured this moment, and it has become part of a dense collection of postcards that portray the different trips.
The journey is called #DIAGNOSISISCARNAVAL, #IIPOLAR You can go and look at it up on Instagram.
This double avatar is my personal avatar, but it also represents the addictions and disorders of many users of the internet.
Their faces are shaped by a negative and a positive smile which is the symbol that Wikipedia proposes for bipolar disorder.
As for the contours, they derived from profiles given automaticallyby fbook to users that did not selected their own profile picture. Otherwise, fbook’s algorithm proposes exclusively 2 genders, masculine or feminine. For the Litio mask, I used the masculine gender and for Quietapina I mixed both genders.
This double avatar represents many cyber addictions, the iipolar diagnosis, the Swiss identity and the dependence to the pharmaceutical market and the meta pre-colombinos spirit.
The ritualistic part of my work with the 2 avatars represents the pre-swiss origin “Pre_suiza”.
The double avatar has a role of prophesy of the end of the Internet. It is a representation of the human being in a world that would remain without Internet and smart devices and where a return to pure analogy would be irreversible.
Their names both come from the 2 medicines that I am being prescribed: Lithium, which is a mood regulator for bipolar disorder and Quietapina, the dyslexic version of Quetiapina, a powerful antipsychotic (quieta in Spanish which means quiet). The latter is very addictive, which means I can no longer fall asleep naturally.