Since 2017 the focus of Vanja Smiljanić’s research has been a UFO spiritual movement called Unarius Academy of Science. It was founded by Ruth and Ernest Norman in 1954 in El Cajon, California. Orion Debacle depicts the group of nine Unariun students in the filming process of a psychodrama. They are collectively regressing to the time of ancient society called Orion.
Orion – prequel to submerged continent of Atlantis – was highly developed techno – theocratic society that existed 19 million years ago. According to Unarius, Orion was also a primal cause of Smiljanić’s current epileptic condition. Recollecting and reenacting memories of these ur-times in the form of a psychodrama, the Unarius students tend to move beyond a mere personal restoration of health. An Epileptic practice of thinking is conceived. The sudden interruptions, crashes and changes of discourse are not treated as problems that need to be cured, but as advices that provide entry into a potentially transpersonal stat. Epileptic thinking crosses wires between vicious positions as sick and healthy, normal and queer, Nature and Culture, to generate new meanings.