Going Gobi short version
Going Gobi is a video-ritual in 3 parts. It refers to the Gobi Desert as a symbol of men's quest for the enigma of existence. It contains 3 characters: the Caveman, the Indian and the Monk.
Paul Bowles wrote when visiting the Gobi Desert:‘ Here in this wholly mineral landscape lighted by stars like flares even memory disappears; nothing is left but your own breathing and the sound of your heartbeating, A strange---process of re-integration begins inside you, and you have the choice of fighting against it and insisting on remaining the person you’ve always been or letting it take it course’ (Baptism of Solitude)
The ritual took place in the mountains of Serra da Mantiqueira, south of the Brazilian State Minas Gerais. During 100 days I transformed myself into a Caveman (part 1), by letting grow my hair and beard.The caveman stayed spelunker for three days in a cave. On the third day he shaved of his beard and left the cave as an Indian (part 2). He walked through the forest for 4 days and climbed a mountain peak. At the summit the Indian cut of his hair and spent the night near the stars. The next morning he descended as a Monk (part 3). For another 7 days he stayed in a chalet meditating and reflecting about his transformation and ways of emotional purification.