INTIÑAHUI. This is a Quichuan phrase meaning IN THE EYE OF THE SUN. “It is a reference to the intuitive knowledge of archaic cultures and at the same time builds a bridge to our present,” explains Klaus Schrefler, initiator of this interdisciplinary work of art.
It all began at a place of worship in the Andes called Ingapirca, facing a symbol of the Sun 3000 meters above sea level. There, enormous chiseled stone ruins still mark the point where the indigenous population celebrated the most important moments of their lives – birth, initiation, and death. It was a place to observe the stars and to interpret the connections between heaven and earth, between macro- and microcosm. Time and again, rites helped to commemorate the life cycle with pictures, rhythms and numbers.
Klaus Schrefler - artist and biologist in Graz, Austria - based this project on these rites and myths. Being a traveler and observer, he originally started out to capture his perspectives through photography. In order to account for the permanent flow of life, his visions and pictures urged to be brought to life. To this end 3D-animation seemed to be the medium of choice.