• Transcendental Vision

    Interview with Tati Au Miel

This versatile artist shares their perspective on perceiving reality. The world around us is a flux of energies and auras, and with a spiritual and transcendental outlook, it becomes possible to transmute them into sensory sounds. Experimentation, sound culture, and performances are approached unconventionally, representing just a few of the myriad facets of this creative journey.

What motivated your creative production pursuit and how did this choice influence your essence or change your life? 

Freedom is the driving force behind my artistic growth and has significantly shaped my life. It aligns directly with my core values and fuels my relentless pursuit of experimentation. By that, I emphasise the value I place on the liberty it provides, constantly challenging myself to explore new directions and adopt innovative methods in my creative pursuits. This inclination towards experimentation is a key aspect of why I describe my music as experimental. I should also mention that my sensitivity as an individual prompts me to maintain an openness that allows me to be shaped by the environments and communities I encounter while crafting any body of work.

Some of your tracks seem like a tapestry of senses and feelings, materialising inner meditations. Do you have a “life mantra,” something you believe in, that characterises you both as a person and an artist?

I deeply appreciate this perspective, as it harmonises well with my own vision of how I connect with my music. I delight in infusing an air of whimsy and fantasy into my musical creations—a sensory whirlwind that invites surrender, leading to a profound sense of peacefulness. This energy is a constant presence in my daily life; I identify as a peaceful person and have recently embraced Zen practice. My guiding mantra revolves around cultivating inner peace, a theme that echoes through my work as I aim to convey this serene energy within the context of my seemingly chaotic approach.

Tell us the track or piece of music you listen to most often that gives you the best energy, and one that, even if you listen to it less, holds strong significance for you.

I recently have been listening to a lot of African-American Sound Recordings. Each of their project brings me a lot of comfort and expansiveness when I’m tuned in. I appreciate the field recordings, the noise and the deliberate use of silence in their music. It is very rare to find an artist whose entire discography stands out equally with each release.

Your essence reflects in your productions without filters. If you were to analyse what you feel while expressing yourself in different fields (art, performance, and music), do you notice different sensations? Is there a sphere you particularly favour?

I define myself as both a sound and performance artist, valuing each component equally within my practice. These elements mutually influence one another, playing a pivotal role in shaping my creative process. Sound enables me to evoke diverse atmospheres, while performance allows me to embody and express these atmospheres. The sacredness of performance, particularly in its improvisational state, empowers me to explore new directions in my sound, resulting in moments that are unique to the specific performance space.

The sensations experienced are sometimes transcendental and challenging to articulate, occasionally leading to out-of-body experiences where I feel a profound unity with the sound. In my ideal performance setting, envision a mist-filled room illuminated by bright white lights, contributing to the angelic aura I strive to create (haha)

In both your art and life, share a significant strength of yours and something (if there is) that you sometimes feel limits or constrains you.

I believe my strength lies in my strong sense of self and how effectively I bring that into my work. I possess a clear understanding of who I am and what I stand for, and this clarity resonates in my artistry. I strive to create music not for others but for myself, embracing an unconventional approach. However, a significant constraint I face is the state of our world and limited access to resources, hindering my ability to fully commit to my work in a stable manner. The ongoing recession has directly impacted my life and artistic practice as I navigate the challenge of maintaining my creative flow while ensuring my sustainability.

At this moment, where are you focusing your attention? Are there multiple projects simultaneously in the works, or is there one, in particular, you’re saving for the future?

This year, I’m taking the opportunity to delve into new artistic mediums and integrate them into my creative pursuits. Currently, I am doing an artist residency at World Creation Studio in Montreal, where I am developing innovative sound, visual, and augmented reality (AR) artworks for my debut solo exhibition this fall. I’m also representing the organisation at the Invisible Festival in Brussels, where I’ll be showcasing my latest work, ‘The Vagabond’s Altar.’ This festival marks the first-ever Augmented Reality festival in Europe, and I am honoured to present my AR piece as part of their programming. This new direction is quite exciting for me as I believe that augmented reality can propel my work into a realm that goes beyond physical constraints. I’m thrilled to be working on projects that integrate virtual reality and spatial sound design. The residency, with its studio space and resources, is a tremendous opportunity for me to concentrate on bringing these new works to life. I look forward to presenting some of the new music and visuals in my performance at Mutek this year, and I feel grateful to be able to dive deeper into my creative journey.

Tati Au Miel / Transcendental Vision

Credits:

Artist: Tati Au Miel / @tatiaumiel
Interview: Annalisa Fabbrucci / @annalisa_fabbrucci
Editor: Maria Abramenko / @mariabramenko

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