NYUM ELUCUBRIS
video installation, performances
(2018)
Who is Nyum Supernova? An Bassa deity. Healing being, one of cultural events and the bridge between two worlds, the world of mortals and immortals. As a rainbow, Nyum appears to those who are willing to see her/them and look at her/them.

Through a practice of lucubration in a universe mixing spirituality and Disco-phantasmagoria and an immersive space within a cosmic cube, the story of Nyum Supernova tells a journey of captivity, a cathartic praxis, a vortex and a quest for emancipation through the rebirth of the body and mind.

Nyum Elucubris presents itself as an archipelagic theater, a constellation of songs, dances, rituals, images, sacred objects and divine conversations aiming towards a reflection between beings and a mutilated body finding their own light, their post-humanity and displaying/feeling their freedom as an act of defiance. In this manner, Nyum’s rebirth challenges the notions of karma by creating a virtuous circle, a cosmogony. A Disco madness.

The Nyum Elucubris video is a kaleidoscopic whirlwind where Nyum and the other Supernovas are bathed in the freedom and flamboyance of existing, of being. Little girls finding and celebrating their carefree joy. It is also a profession of faith where Nyum Supernova declares their powers and their light thanks to the "Me Ye Nyum" mantra (I am Nyum in Bassa language).

In 3 performances, the artist explores gesture, stillness and movement as a figurative representation of passage, transmission and transformation in order to tackle the revolution of self: the rebirth.
- ‘The departure: from Bimbia to space’ centers Nyum as she movse from the depth of the ocean to the milcky way using various dances moves (Assiko, Waacking, Bikutsi, Voguing) while navigating into a two dimension world.
- ‘The statement: Nyum’s light (an Assiko-Disco manifesto)’ centers Nyum’s mission and them delivering their manifesto near their House.
- ‘The reenactment: Nyum is present’ offers space to Nyum, to meet other supernovas and interact through stillness and gaze. Also a way to explore their own presence in a particular context in relation to subjectivities at play.




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