The current general definition of art premises that art is to be seen (heard, or touched). In order to see, a product or an object is required. On the contrary, my art has no product or tangible object to show. My art is a process. I don’t have things to show and exhibit though 95% of people ask me, “how do you display your art?” “how do you track your art?” “ This is yet to be answered. What is a verb to materialize an ongoing day-to-day process that cannot be captured but flows away in a river of time? What is a verb to make an invisible, untouchable process tangible? If I discover the verb, it would make my communication to the others easier.
I may know what the verb is. Perhaps it is “to live with.” The only way of appreciating my art is to enter into it. My definition of community is “that people who are involved in one another’s decision-making process at a turning point in their life are loosely connected beyond chronological and geographical distance.” I launched and developed many communities, Not all of them meet the definition. Some remain a cliche “community” in a broader sense. A “team” formed to achieve a goal of a project or business isn’t community.
Therefore, I designed a framework where my friends and people can knock a door and step into my life. My living. My life to death. That is “life with.” A participant of the process. Becoming an actor is the quickest way of appreciating my art, I suppose. Such art. Community is a stage of life, isn’t it?
To answer the question, “what is your art?” it’s inevitable to break down multiple facets of my art-life experiment and explain each facet. Even though I’m not fully motivated to verbalize it, I’m going to give it a try little by little.
Here we go.
-Experiment in community:
shaping a new community out of my exiting communities that is closer to the community by my definition. That is, a community where people are involved in one another’s decision-making process at a turning point in their life and loosely connected to one another beyond chronological and geographical distance.
-Experiment in money as energy, currency:
shifting numerous psychological meanings and connotations attached to money. Opening an alternative channel in which money is dealt differently from the conventional measurement in the capitalistic market (i.e. the equivalent exchange system of labor, socially value-added, and money). Instead, this is an experiment to exchange money with love, trust, and generosity without return, responsibility, obligation, and power dynamics that the money-goods exchange usually causes.
-Experiment in a working style
actualizing my definition of working. Working is living by my definition. To work, zu arbeiten doesn’t necessarily mean that you are paid. Paid or unpaid? Employed or unemployed? Under contract or under the table? Enough to cover rent and bills or do I have to cover from my own pocket? Such a criteria to choose jobs and everyday behavior is based on the equal (value) exchange system between money and working. I work out of that box. On the other hand, I don’t go for the “without money” thing. Being anti is not my stuff. I make a decision on how to work by fully truly (at least learning to) optimizing all the data that I can acquire, from scientific hard data and numbers to movement of spirits in elements. As a result, my decision-making process, motivation for actions, and cognitive patterns are more likely different from general human behaviors in the current capitalistic society. I am apparently less influenced by money in my everyday life choice. Expanding my capacity in accessing data available in the universe is similar to learning to surf on a bigger wave.
-Experiment in the relation between the body and the mind
through self-observation, precisely elucidating the linkage between the body and the consciousness and how this “clutch” affects a word and behavior in my daily life. Physical, physiological, psychological, mental, and cultural influences are to be monitored.
-Search for the intrinsic nature of human being, as an animal species
What is wildness, instinct, intuition, and innately given potential in human? Discovering answers to the question through ordinary urban life, by excelling at the finest subtleties of our daily, trivial actions, instead of being engaged in so-called “wild” and “physical” activities such as sports, athletics, and outdoor. The human physicality and intuitions shouldn’t be limited to “country side self-sufficient life of farming, eco energy, and 100%DIY,” for example. For humans do something with and by the body 24/7 (including sleep and rest, or brain activities like doing math and thinking). Thus athletes aren’t the only wild and intuitive humans. All we know that. How would it be to fully tap into human wildness and intuitions, which is largely dormant amongst our body, in the post-modern highly developed society?
-Creating the view on death and life
I thrive to live as internalizing my own death and preparing for it. I don’t live with the “If I should die tomorrow” concept. It doesn’t please me and make sense to me. I don’t feel like living desperately for my life everyday, as if it would end tomorrow. Death is always here. Never leave us alone since our birth. It’s a 100% positive phenomenon. (thus, different from the Schrödinger’s cat. There is no paradox.) We are walking towards death. To live is to be dying. The first step for death is taken much earlier than when we recognize or are diagnosed symptoms of fatal illnesses. Readying myself for death. That is, to grasp the moment of death, be alerted and conscious of death, accept it, and become it. I have no clue how I would die. A disease? An accident? A murder? A suicide? No matter what, I prepare for it every single day, by staying clear and aware of my true animal nature of human existence. That’s why I practice Tibetan Bön and Buddhism dream yoga.
-Making my life a piece of art (this is the foundation of all my activities)
Ideas floating in the head. “What about this kind of society?” “What if we had such and such a world?” “We could do this and that, couldn’t we?” “That would be much more fun than what it is now!” My art is to implement my philosophy, values, and worldview in daily life. It’s the same as painting, building a sculpture, or shooting a movie. To crystalize and embody own philosophy. My medium is my everyday life. Since I don’t attach much importance to “to show” and “to exhibit” to the others, it may not be easy to conceptualize my attempt as art. Because you can’t see, hear, or touch it. But, I receive money and make my living out of this art (cf. see above: experiment in money as energy and currency). How to breathe, how to walk, how to encounter people, how to choose every and each behavior, how to sustain my life financially, socially, and psychologically, and how to spend every minute and second. In order to make my life a piece of art, I believe it is essential that my body, mind, and soul are always together and that my mind and soul reside in the body happily and consistently. This is the clarity of consciousness. I practice to attain the state of mind everyday by means of Tibetan dream yoga, because it encompasses all facets of consciousness; dreaming, sleeping, and dying, and provides systemic theories and methodology.