An exhibition and a performance. The audience once sit down, then they wander into new spaces. We ask them and ourselves questions. We are in search for the answers. However, it is not the answers that matter to us, but the search itself. The attention.
The starting point of the performance is the statement of Hermes Trismegistos ‘As above, so below'.
We have been contemplating on this thought and starting from Hermes Trismegistos, through Zarathrustra and Béla Hamvas we arrived to ourselves. ‘As outside, so inside'.
Eventually the TREE got into the focus of our attention, as the TREE does not judge, but holds a mirror in front of us. With its leafage aiming upwards and roots descending downwards the TREE is the mental and physical analogy of humans.' (G.G.)
‘Trees (…) they know that the victor is not the one who remains stiff, but the one that becomes supple and yields and accepts and gives up and dissolves in themselves, knowing that self-surrender is a sign not of weakness but of strength. He knows the dread madness of believing that the master of the situation is the one who loves less, who most keep their own counsel, who keeps a cool head and keeps their distance – this is the error that derails every destiny. Victory belongs to the one who loves more, who is no longer in control, who is more transfigured, more intimate, who can let go and lose themselves in the void. (…) Because they were the stronger … they were the more tender and supple, and they were the victor. The victor is always the one who can give up their own ego, who is able to yield themselves up more at the moment of embrace.'
This is the tree's existence , its personality; it is this, above all, that is reassuring about the tree. Of all living creatures the tree is the one whose life path is predicated upon submission to the embrace – to the earth and its nutriment.' (Béla Hamvas, translation by Peter Sherwood)
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