Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Art

The Amenra Project
Amenra X Little Swastika
Interview & Photo Essay

AMENRA and the Church of Ra are known for pushing boundaries with music and art, so it makes perfect sense that they teamed up with one of the most prolific and boundary-pushing skin artists, Little Swastika, for a music and tattoo collaboration and series of performances over the course of April 9th to 12th. The series consisted of an ongoing art exhibition at Gallery Box in Berlin, running until the 26th, and five events featuring the band and the artist – two “tattoorituals” where Little Swastika, Gerhard Wiesbeck (Time Travelling Tattoo) and Freak Mike (Psyland) tattooed three back pieces inspired by Church of Ra artwork live to a live music ritual from both the Church of Ra and Amenra; a “suspensionritual” on stage at an Amenra show; a live presentation of The Amenra Project artwork and a live painting presentation. It was a huge undertaking for all involved, and it was a huge success, showcasing some of the most moving and important artwork coming out of Europe’s underground right now. You can buy prints from The Amenra Project from Little Swastika here, and if you haven’t yet watch the Little Swastika documentary we sponsored, Ink, Blood & Spirit, do so here. We asked Amenra’s Colin H Van Eeckhout some questions about the event, and this is what he told us:

 

amenra-flyer-front-478x1024

11141570_792902140793888_1710756981_o

All photos: bild in grau photography
 

 

Can you speak on what inspired this project?

One second of eye contact.

There is a similarity in what we do. In and with our lives.

We both believe that there is a necessity in keeping ritualistic ways alive. We truly believe they still have an important place and impact on our existence now. To help us all understand life’s ways and put things in another more spiritual perspective.

It can be used to mark important moments in life, and make them more significant in their, and our, being.

We started talking about a way to connect both of our worlds in the best possible way. So we ended up with the biggest band tattoos ever and the ritual it all started with, the O kee pa.

We, with AMENRA, have always been drawn close to the modern primitive movement. Body modification and suspension have played a central role in our forming. Without that, we would not be what we are now.

11159015_792902254127210_810969763_o
How did Amenra and Little Swastika get connected?

I first shook his hand after a concert of ours in Karlsruhe, Germany. And from then on we kept in contact. Sometimes the connection is already there, and it only needs one second of eye contact to flourish.

 

Do you feel that this collaboration worked out the way you imagined it would?

I think it turned out greater than I wished it would. The work Little Swastika, Mike and Gerhard did was out of this world. I could never have dreamed of our band being a part of a tattoo ritual of this magnitude. The sacrifice of flesh to our cause, the pain suffered and the trust that has been put in our musical and spiritual endeavor was boundless.

I will always remember the sound of their tattoo guns in our music and between the songs. To me, it made more sense than ever to have them there with us.

DSC_4257

Tell us about the energy in the room while the ritual was taking place?

The energy in the room was of an unexplainable nature. It is the kind that is felt, not described.

 

Will Amenra and Little Swastika work together again in the future?

That is certain.

 

11141482_792902347460534_2093385881_o 11144716_792902280793874_852031338_o 11153596_792902357460533_177745051_o 11157196_792902234127212_427781223_o 11126134_792902154127220_2136983825_o 11100415_792902157460553_291988769_o 11065787_792902274127208_1177161228_o 11032364_792902297460539_670756519_o 11000605_792902300793872_1062591370_o11153418_792902367460532_1670044033_o 11148153_792902310793871_1781230730_o 11126785_792902370793865_354884110_o 11106016_792902360793866_1584307600_o DSC_4333 DSC_4234 DSC_4250

Written By

Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

4 Comments

4 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement
Advertisement
Relapse Nothing
Dead Register

If you like this post and want to see more, help keep us going!
  

Adam the Apostate
Sentient 112217
WickedWoman
Black Matter Mastering
Earsplit
Advertisement

You May Also Like

Apocalyptic Blues

This year has challenged us all to follow our passion for music and performance in a different way. For Sean and I, that meant...

Documentaries

EYES OF ANOTHER is a new project from Colin van Eeckhout (Amenra), Lennart Bossu (Amenra, Oathbreaker) and techno dj and producer Cellini, and it’s...

Art

Photos: Mathieu Vandekerckhove Just as the world was heading towards lockdown, AMENRA found themselves playing to sold-out crowds in South America and Russia. The...

Apocalyptic Blues

All music lovers know that sound is catharsis, and catharsis is what we all need right now! So we’ve put together 2.5 hours of...