Ritual of Rejoin

Buket Yenidogan

The project creates a speculative spirituality of an oceanic posthuman. The future mythology rebuilds the past, the ritual transforms breaths to waves, dissolving selves into the water.
The experimental short film Ritual of Rejoin is a part of the artist Buket Yenidoğan's ongoing
worldbuilding project "The ones who became the ocean" where she explores the spiritual
practice and belief system of a speculative society which lives on the edge of the global
flood. Ritual of Rejoin depicts a group of women performing a ritual of this society to
re-immigrate to the ocean. An unexpected attendee of the ritual starts the turn of events that
changes the path of humanity towards a cetaceanic dream as the narrator reveals their
identity in a meditative poem. Every myth has survived through narrative poems and this
form follows the tradition to carry this speculative cultural structure from an alternative
timeline. While the future mythology rebuilds the past, the ritual transforms breaths to waves,
dissolving selves into the water. The visual language offers a familiar yet far away, ancient
but futuristic feeling, the form and rhythm aims to open a window to subconscious states of
the mind to pursue transformation in the audience.
“Ocean was the mother as the mother was the ocean
That gestates bodies of water,
That gestates life beyond terrestrial,
That gestates change,
That gestates futures.
A generation to be born in the ocean,
A re-immigration.
Womb to tomb, the tidal return of the human stream. “

Screened in Boat Live Works London (2021), IKLECTIK London UK (2022), Gordon Theater
Royal College of Art (2022), KunstZEUGHaus Rapperswill (2021) and KAMMGARN WEST
Schaffhausen (2022) in Switzerland.