Le Style c'est l'homme
Paris, 07.09.2016, 19:00
with Guillaume Vieira at Casa André Gouveia, Cité Universitaire
THE WAY OF THE SERPENT
Brother of enthusiasm for spiritual dimensions of life, Guillaume invited me to join him in a presentation of our shared thoughts about Pessoa. He also took the pictures of our show that you may see here in my cyber domain.
Our spatial essay could've been something else if we didn't have existed that time.
The Way of the Serpent comprises 11 stages corresponding to steps of a neophyte self development.
exhibition overview from stage 1
algumas peças requeriam manuseamento / some pieces required handling
Piano de cauda tocando gaita de amolador
Baby grand piano playing edger’s pan pipe sound
Desejo (Ânsia) Tentação de Eva
O desejo de Eva pelo conhecimento
Desire (Eagerness) Eve’s Temptation
Eve’s desire for knowledge
Acervo dos Comuns
19.01.1915 - Carta de Fernando Pessoa a Armando Côrtes-Rodrigues encontra-se com 1917 - Ultimatum de Álvaro de Campos
Actuação supernatural do sabão no micro-ondas
Soap performing supernatural feats on a microwave
Imagination (Christ’s Temptation)
Playing Rock Paper Scissors with the Devil
Imaginação (Tentação de Cristo)
Jogar Pedra Papel Tesoura com o Diabo
Assuntos de divisão entre azeite e água
Dividing issues between olive oil and water
Ex-voto de cera sobre armadilha
Wax ex-voto over trap
Peça para estar descansado
Sitting piece of mind
Estado da União
State of the Union
Fio de prumo serpenteando a montanha
Plumbline snaking a mountain
words for the room
A life of keeping the things we value. Each one of us creating awareness of what is accomplishment made of.
Value is not absolute and often seemingly arbitrary. It’s placed rather in ideas than on the one who expressed them.
This exhibition began with a letter, from Pessoa to Armando Côrtes-Rodrigues in mid January 1915. He wrote him about how purpose drives causality along with casualty, finding a mission to seed and care for the crop, putting value into purpose.
Common sense shares the quest for fundamental ground of consciousness based on quality, either in school or trenches. Every company has a mission. Schools, trenches and companies have different conceptions about “how” applies to “what”.
We all represent matter to this world for a while, caught by the occupation of being a human. If living is representing, it’s rather “how” than “what”.
Distracting "on purpose” damages value. How to keep an eye on purpose?
Since the serpent made her way from the ancient times, we took the Way of the Serpent as a focusing method. It is a ritual to cross-examine “how" are we doing these days and what’s the purpose.
Serpents move in four ways:
On surfaces which are not solid, sidewinding is advised. It envolves launching the head forward and allowing the body to follow.
The serpentine method, a wavy, undulating movement, is the most typical. Body uses objects in the environment to aid in momentum.
The concertina method implicates holding the rear still while stretching out the front, and then holding the front still while pulling the rear forward.
Finally, the rectilinear method allows snakes to advance slowly and linearly by gripping onto a surface with their wide belly scales.
There is no compass for a “what” and “how”. Consciousness brings Identity.
Identity is not meant for one. Identity is a multiple shared on different perspectives that nurture a common value.
Knowing the purpose would be knowing too much. To presume it would be knowing too less. For those who can understand, understand it.
We just left instinct.