Death Meditation is an arresting live music installation that explores mortality, impermanence and the fragility of the human experience. Performed by psychologist & artist Mary Hoang (The Indigo Project) and electronic musician Phondupe, this emotionally stirring journey through darkness guides participants on an experience of death.
Death Meditation makes its live premiere at We’re All Going To Die Festival Melbourne, March 26-28. Unlike any other experience, this is a powerful psychological journey with enduring after effects and impactful real-life effects. The raw unravelling of psychological pain combined with a moving live-performed soundtrack combine to awaken people to an appreciation of life.
“Death Meditation is a wake up call to those in the mind-numbing trance of modern life.”
Mary Hoang (Psychologist & Artist, The Indigo Project)
The creation of Death Meditation was informed by Mary Hoang’s journey with her father as he approached his death in 2017. It was penned as she grappled with her emotions and fear of losing him, and a way for her to channel those insights and feelings.
“In the year before my father died, I started to notice that our Western societies had little place for the exploration of death – it was a thing that happened to ‘old people’, and a topic that was morbid and distasteful to talk about. This needs to change.” – Mary Hoang
Death Meditation forms part of the We’re All Going To Die Melbourne Festival at The Espy. After sell-out runs in Sydney and Byron Bay, the immersive art festival encourages people to “fear less and live more”. Expect a range interactive experiences, including mind-expanding talks, judgement-free bedroom dancing with Groove Therapy, films, life drawing classes and live art installations over three nights of reflection, joy and shifting perspectives on life and death.
The We’re All Going To Die festival was born out of founder Stefan Hunt’s experience with anxiety.
“You see, I have anxiety, and it sucks. Two years ago it was really bad. I was so afraid of the unknown I couldn’t make a simple decision. Life spiralled. But one day I penned a poem We’re All Going To Die and everything changed. Suddenly my fears seemed small. I realised that if life’s only guarantee is death then why not take a few risks. The moment you realise that you’re not the only one living with fears is the moment it all changes and this festival is a great platform to get people talking.” Stefan Hunt (Founder, We’re All Going To Die)