The falling of sand is the trail we leave behind. It starts running the moment we are born, but ... all that matters is ‘the now’. The moment in which the sand is falling. The trail itself will be washed away, blown away,... It is made by memories, happenings, moments, crossroads, and decisions that are made or not made. They all lead to who we are but do not define us. What is ahead of us, we don't know. It's about the act, to keep on walking. We are facing the moment itself. And when the sand stops we become the all-comprehensive moment.
For this project, I designed a character, Ula Pupaya. She is the embodiment as well as the protector of life (ka/qui), and of time. In her mythology, she was born from ancient waters. She later chose to be reborn in human form in order to experience the concept of life as we do. But as life itself, she was curious and eager to learn. Soon she began to transcend time and space to become one again with a greater understanding of herself. Across different time zones, she sometimes emerges in flesh and blood to live among humans for a while.
The installation that is created is an ode to Ula through artifacts: A collection of objects and a ceremony/ritual. It is important to clarify that Ula is detached from religion. She is merely a symbol to signify the essence of life. It is not Ula who is featured in this performance, but it will be a ritual dedicated to her essence. The performance will be an appropriation of a time-transcending ritual, performed in ancient times to get closer to your own qui and to understand time and space as one moment inside you. Those who succeed in this, would come into alignment with the ancient vital life energy and thus with all that lived, is living and will live.
Curated by: Ann Laenen & Stefan Kolgen