This story began in mid-2010 when The Trickster had a vision of personal and collective evolution, known as the awakening of the self. An event that profoundly changed his meaning of life, inspiring what would become the basis for Spectrophobia video. A latter effect was experienced, feeling a total contradiction between what was seen, and what is. Between truth and divine, and, the real and the mundane. A need of attending an inner calling; pursuing solitude and traveling, as the means for understanding the self and to take the reins of your existence.
It wasn’t until October 2012, when The Trickster and The Pilgrim paths would come together; having decided to travel to Europe, motivated by Dead Can Dance band European tour. Both wanted to see them, as the influence of that band, triggered the opening of Pandora’s Box and the searching for self-knowledge. They ended up traveling 13 locations in 6 different countries in western-central Europe, and the more time passed, also the detachments towards common everyday life.
This journey had such clear references towards the concept of death, combined with a wide variety of influences in the art such as Dark Romanticism, lush natural sceneries, medieval castles, sacred cathedrals, great tombs, and dozens of exotic exhibitions with ancient texts, figures, symbols, architecture, and such a variety of arts. Even passing by an old concentration camp, where many human beings were reduced to ashes and others to live a miserable existence. The days were cold, the places completely different, mystical, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes magical.
Everything was decisive to define existence, translated into a covering called the body, and a structure formed by bones… an existential shell.