Mictlan

Daniela Riojas engaged in a city-wide collection of voices, requesting that residents speak and submit the names of loved ones who have passed away. With these soundbytes, Riojas created an auditory underworld, a matrix-like vibrational Mictlan, or place of the dead as it was referred to in Aztec tradition. A cymatic plate served as an alter and centerpiece Riojas translate the participant's voices into visible frequencies, creating physical patterns or expressions of these vibrations. This installation and performance speaks to the idea that whether in life or in death, people are forms of energy and in relationship with a universe comprised of infinite vibrational fields, likewise in communion with a cyclical, regenerative process of death, rebirth, and creation.