You say I for me (Selene)

Reading, Sound Bath, and Guided Meditation by Lauryn Youden with Bri Luna, The Hoodwitch

Sunday, September 16, 2018
1:00 – 2:30 pm

Art Studio

The event is currently at capacity.

You say I for me (Selene) is a performative reading, sound bath, and guided meditation by artist Lauryn Youden in collaboration with Bri Luna, The Hoodwitch. This performance includes the reading of Youden’s text Nocebo (2018). Both illness narrative and historical essay, it depicts the artist’s personal relationship with her Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and her use of lucid dreaming as a form of treatment for confronting personal demons. Woven throughout the text is a timeline of the changing perception of the female body and plant-based medicine during the growth of monotheistic religions and capitalism. After the reading, Youden will be joined by Bri Luna to conduct a Selenite crystal guided meditation and crystal singing bowl sound bath.

At the beginning of the performance, Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) tea will be served. Mugwort is one of the nine herbs invoked in the pagan Anglo-Saxon Nine Herbs Charm. Grieve's Modern Herbal (1931) states that "in the Middle Ages, the plant was known as Cingulum Sancti Johannis, it being believed that John the Baptist wore a girdle of it in the wilderness. Therefore a crown made from its sprays was worn on St. John's Eve to gain security from evil possession." Today Mugwort is more commonly known as the “dream” herb. It can enhance the remembrance of dreams while it is primarily used to activate a lucid dreaming state or astral projection while in a meditative trance or when taken before falling asleep. Mugwort’s medicinal effects are particularly beneficial for the female reproductive system. It is a powerful emmenagogue that eases menstrual difficulties, irregularity or a weak menstrual flow. Please note that the herb should not be ingested by anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding.

Selenite crystal, one of many ritualistic objects found in Youden’s installation included in the current exhibition Group Therapy, is named after the Moon Goddess Selene. Selenite brings clarity of mind, access to angelic consciousness, past lives, detachment of entities, and mental clarity to reveal core issues to difficult situations.

Artist Lauryn Youden (Canadian, b. 1989, Vancouver, BC) is based in Berlin, Germany. Her practice is a methodology of performative ceremonies. The objects, installations, and writings found in her work are both traces left behind from these actions as well as tools for providing self-care. These derive from Youden’s lifelong research in and navigation through modern Western medicine and alternative healing practices for the treatment of her own mental illnesses. By publicly presenting her personal experiences and an active and engaged feminist lens on the history of medicine and care, Youden’s work inevitably illuminates repressed, marginalized, and forgotten practices and knowledge in medicine and care. As delicate and vulnerable as Youden’s visual language may seem, it is ultimately political at its foundation, questioning the loss of knowledge in our society. Youden was awarded the Berlin Art Prize in 2016 and is co-director of the project space Ashley Berlin.

Recent exhibitions and performances include: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Manifesta 12, Palmero, Italy; Gallery Wedding, Berlin; Exile Gallery, Berlin; Support, London, Canada; Der Plug, Berlin; Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin; Funkhaus Berlin, Berlin; Pushmi Pullyo, Toronto; Galere Noah Klink, Berlin; and Galerie Jerome Pauchant, Paris.

Briana Luna is the founder and creative director of The Hoodwitch, a web platform and lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering, educating, and cultivating community through meaningful rituals supporting self-care and wellness. Luna is devoted to offering “Everyday Magic for The Modern Mystic,” and is an advocate for the use of traditional healing practices to address modern day challenges. She and her work have been featured internationally and in major publications including Vogue, I.D, and The New York Times.

You say I for me performed by Lauryn Youden at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2018. Photo: Ernst van Deursen.


This program is free but space is limited; advance registration is required. RSVP at the link above. Questions? Call 206 432 8200 or email