IMAGE: Guadalupe Maravilla, Mariposa Relámpago, 2023. Courtesy the artist and Ballroom Marfa. Photo by Sarah Vasquez.

Sound Ceremony

with artist Guadalupe Maravilla

Building up the anticipation to experience the solar eclipse, we welcome you to join us this Sunday afternoon in the lower meadow for a healing sound ceremony led by Guadalupe Maravilla and guest sound healers. For this immersive experience, Maravilla will activate the installation Mariposa Relámpago, a sculpture he has turned into a large-scale vibrational healing instrument.

Maravilla is a cancer survivor. His art practice is centered on healing. While undergoing cancer treatment, he was introduced to sound therapy, a healing practice that uses tonal vibrations produced by gongs to improve physical and psychological health. Maravilla is a trained sound healer who regularly holds workshops for undocumented immigrants, cancer patients, and those in need of vibrational healing.

Mariposa Relámpago is the artist’s largest sound-healing sculpture. At the sound bath, the artist and sound healers will play the gongs to active the work and create an immersive soundscape, restoring calm and balance to those in attendance. The gongs are tuned to specific frequencies related to the earth, the ocean, and the moon.

This program is open to the public and admission is free. Skip the line with advance registration, or register upon walk-up. The sound ceremony activation will last for approximately one hour. Please take this duration of quiet attention needed into consideration when registering little ones for this experience. Audiences are welcome to sit or lie down on the grassy meadow and inside the bus. Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket.

This program is presented in conjunction with the installation Mariposa Relámpago, on view through at Laguna Gloria November 3, 2024. Learn more about the project and the artist here. The sound ceremonies are presented in partnership with Fusebox.

Guadalupe Maravilla: Mariposa Relámpago is commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Mariposa Relámpago will travel to venues across Texas through a partnership between organizations including Ballroom Marfa, The Contemporary Austin, and the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. The Contemporary Austin's presentation is organized by Alex Klein, Head Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs.

For accommodation requests, please email salexander@thecontemporaryaustin.org.