"His next work addressed the experience of the city centre of Lima –the historical urban nucleus— through a very successful video-installation. It began in response to my demand to the group of 2007 graduates from the Sculpture Program at Universidad Católica, whom I had invited to exhibit together in a show at an independent art space I was then opening in the city centre to produce experimental work. Mr. Miranda Bambarén’s work involved the projection inside a tall cylindrical hermetic structure, within the art space, of an edited video of the experience of the external urban environment as one continuous displacement down the streets towards the exhibition space, and then, switching radically to an image of the viewer –in closed circuit– actually in the situation of watching the projection. A playful approach to the phenomenological through video-art."

Jorge Villacorta Chávez, Lima, 2010

Astral Travelling Machine, Plastified fabric cylinder: Height: 600 cm., Diameter: 200 cm. ; video projection: 2 mins | Lima 2008

" La muerte del cuerpo físico desmitificada y resuelta en la experiencia del viaje astral."

In, Lima-Peru, one night in the winter of 2002, while I was in bed sleeping, I had an experience called astral travelling.[1]  It proved to me, the existence of the soul.  I experienced the soul, free from the physical body and I believe now that pure consciousness is a level of existence where we are all one being, only one.

The colours were so alive and bright, the sounds and shapes were crystal clear and precise.   The sight of my eyes magnified to experience the look and feel of the things around me as if I was using the lens of a microscope.  My thoughts had total clarity.  My mind and spirit were expanded, unattached to the physical body.  My awareness appeared multiplied thousands of times.   My physical body stayed in bed while my spirit was free.  At this point I felt myself travel to explore other realms in places not accessed by the physical body.

I became aware of being in a bright place, clear and open.  I saw a being come towards me.  He appeared as a high energy, a kind of guardian spirit, ascended being or enlightened master.  He came to me and said ‘I have been waiting for you.  Now you are here, it shows you are ready for what I will give to you.’  Silently, I looked up at him and he extended his hands and held out a white powder.  He said “take it and spread it on you”.  I reached out to take it in wonder, asking ‘what is it’?  The master replied ‘it is pure consciousness’.  I asked ‘where are we?’  He said ‘in the moon of Pluton’.  I spread the white powder on me and as I finished became aware of my body again and found myself back in my bed.

It was an immediate shift from Pluton to Earth.  Like walking into the room next door.  My room on earth was not so clear or real and vivid as my experience on the moon of Pluton.  

[1]Astral Travelling is the experience of the spiritual body visiting other places out of the physical body.  For more information and backup read: Ross, M. (2010) Astral Projections. Cambridgeshire: Melrose Books

Miranda Bambaren, Jaime (2011) Excerpt from academic essay, My Art Practice and Spiritual Journey. Complete version at Chelsea College of Art and Design Library, London. 


Jaime Miranda Bambaren