HYDRA & THE CHILD

WORDS, CONCEPT & CREATIVE DIRECTION

AGF HYDRA

ART DIRECTION & PHYGITAL UNIFORM FILTER

CLAUDIA RAFAEL

BABY YODA AVATAR & DIGITAL UNIFORM

JOANNES BISSANTZ

ANALOGUE UNIFORM

AGF HYDRA

PHOTOS

GIO VERARDI

A PHYGITAL TALE OF TRANSHUMANCE, ACTUALIZATION AND INTEGRATION

PROLOGUE: INTRODUCING HYDRA PHYGITAL

 

“Hydra is small, simple, and possesses many heads. It undergoes morphallaxis when injured or severed and it appears not to age or die.”

 

HYDRA is the phygital research program and label created by Regenerative Rituals Artisan and Meditative Labour Practitioner Anna Gloria Flores.

 

AGF’s practice revolves around the necessity of seeking collective growth within a higher consciousness system, through the spectrum of bodily experiences and nurturing technology. AGF HYDRA is a London based artist and designer. They create their own performative narratives and collaborate with a net of internationally based contributors.

 

The HYDRA translucent archetypes—a series of biodegradable, adaptable, waterproof, plant-based chemically treated sartorial latex uniform offsprings—are used as an intervention between bodies and their surroundings while their digital counterparts are animated by physical inputs and tracking devices, visually responding to the body’s growing sensitivity towards the experience. Algorithmic landscapes and organic interfaces exist within one another on a spectrum, smoothly breathing in and out of each other. A Cosmic Womb where further growth and self-repair are possible. A strong sense of presence related to the self is unplugged from the constant inbreeding of societal, limiting beliefs and toxic constructions, without falling into complete alienation.

 

Enter a safe space of non-verbal communication, where collective healing enables the transcendence of infinite selves.

 

The HYDRA phygital uniform forms the basis of AGF HYDRA’s philosophical and empirical investigation, creating training based simulations of a multi-dimensional reality where we have collectively evolved into a higher state of consciousness. A regenerative practice. Labour as a form of meditation.

PART 1: TRANSUMANZA INCUBATION

 

Transumanza, from the Latin words trans ‘across’ and humus ‘ground’, is a type of pastoralism or nomadism, a seasonal movement of livestock between fixed summer and winter pastures. Nomads and their animals would travel long distances in search of greener pastures in summer and warmer climatic conditions in winter.

 

The transhumance practice is susceptible to being disrupted by climatic, economic, or political change.

 

It’s April 2020 and I have recently relocated from London to Apulia, Italy, for an intensified and undefined period of family lockdown. AgathaMarta and I have been quarantining for a while. We do yoga and meditation every morning and we get depressed and needy every evening. AgathaMarta is my baby cat. I am sessile for the first time. I sit with my feelings. I don’t shut them down. They tell me it’s OK.

 

Pick a card from the deck: The Tower / Let Down Your Walls Unloading of attachments, ego

that which no longer serves. This material world is the world of illusion and change is the only constant. Just allow things to unfold.

 

All the walls you have learned to surround yourself with were built to protect, out of fear, and they limit your access to the unbounded possibilities that truly exist. In this material, physical world, each brick that has been laid down, carried around, reminds you of the past, of the burdens you bear, of the attachments you think you hold dear.

 

It’s time for the bricks to be released and the walls to come down. There are no limitations and your infinite self is not now, nor ever, bound by this world.

The only thing that is true and real is love.

PART 2: DIGITAL ACTUALIZATION

 

“An embryo is the early stage of development of a multicellular organism. In general, in organisms that reproduce sexually, embryonic development is the part of the life cycle that begins just after fertilization and continues through the formation of body structures, such as tissues and organs.”

 

Shedding off the layers, the process of healing leaves me embryo again, ready to self regenerate. A Translucent coil of infinite possibilities.

 

Self-reflective empathy. Reconnecting with the inner embryo (by now I speak with Claudia every day. Extracts)

 

A “The body within, the weight of your body, the layers you grow, the pain that you store. body of proof. ”

 

C “Alienated body, physical body, digital body. Using digital tools to free the body from current social norm stereotypical beauty traps”

 

A Self-repair simulations to train the brain into developing new synapses freed from stereotypical normalised reality. Breaking free from toxic old patterns. Path renewal.

 

C Digital fashion pushed beyond analogue perception of the medium. A tool for expansion.

PART 3: PHYSICAL INTEGRATION

 

POLARITY OF THE PHYSICAL TENDS TO UNITY OF THE SPIRITUAL THROUGH SESSILE TRANSPERSONAL ENTITIES PRACTICING PHYGITAL INTEGRATION ACTS. SELFGENERATING INTERSECTIONAL COLONIES CIRCUIT

 

Dear source, inner force, higher power, mother.

 

Acknowledging the unknown from a scientific prospective brings me close to spiritual practice. I create a link between intent and reality. My intent is to acknowledge what is outside of my reality. By doing so I grow my level of consciousness. A simulation where Iperceivetheexistenceofwhatmylimited being can not perceive yet. UNITY AGAINST FRAGMENTATION.

 

My limited being wants to experience the simulation as if it is real therefore it is. I create models, objects, visuals that give me the perception I am already living in a reality where my consciousness has evolved to a higher state. Prototypes. By doing so, I am already evolving to that higher state.

 

Neuron synapses training.

 

Symbols can help us project ourselves into a utopia, slowly shifting, growing and transitioning into it.

 

The walls are coming down. You see your naked self, exposed in the light. Let go of resistance, let go of the layers you have carried for so long they no longer serve you. It is time.

 

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