from the series DOKU Sex Realms of Reincarnation
|Dimensions||150 x 97.5 x 5 cm|
|Copyright||Courtesy the artist and Société, Berlin|
DOKU Asura represents the reincarnation realm of the asuras, the fighters, warlike titans or demons who are also celestial beings. In Hindu mythology, they were supplanted by the devas. In Sanskrit, Sura means “light being.” The prefix “A” indicates the opposite. Asuras are therefore “opponents of the light beings.” They quarrel with the gods and try to take their place, but they do not succeed despite constant struggle. The dance of DOKU Asura is inspired by the Indonesian Warrior or Baris dance. The design of DOKU Asura’s armor and the temple architecture interspersed with futuristic towers combine various global historical, mythical and religious elements with high-tech. Samsara, the wheel of life, is also integrated here in an ambience that is clearly reminiscent of the aesthetics of fantasy games.