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After the Art & Eco-spirituality event: What will the future be made of? “Nothing”

A wall of golden engraving rises up, already from a distance announcing the mystical importance of its message. Its size is the measure of the message. When future generations look back at this time, what will they make of it? Clues of upcoming happenings are spread around the room. Something is about to happen.

“Future archeology” by Pax Perlman, Picture by Max Pugh.

On the 27th of august, Life Itself SunFlower Hub opened its doors for an event on the theme of Art and Eco-spirituality. Our first guests arrived with their children ranging from teenagers to just born, grandparents were there too – all three generations were gathered reflecting on our past, present and future. A sense of familiarity was in the room with a mix of international visitors and local neighbors. The three parts of the experience weave from one into another forming one message.

The afternoon started with Paz’s Perlman journey in the creation of her piece Future Archeology. She described how she had walked a fine line, balancing between hope and despair. It was then followed by my performance.

As I approached the audience some were looking intently and other looking away. I knelt down to a child and asked:“What do you see that the future is made of?” he answered: “Nothing”. Of all the answers I received to my questions this was the one that struck me the most: for, in reality, our future is indeed made of “nothing” – it is unwritten, it is open. But we tend always to project onto it our opinions, our fears, our hopes which all come from our past experiences. However, only when we get present to the fact that the future is made of nothing can we be present to the fact that we create that future together from what we stand for. What we think, what we say, what we do, creates who we are and will become. 

Sylvie performing “Prophecy”, Picture by Max Pugh.

Finally, we were treated to an extraordinary and immersive live musical performance by Laetitia Donoma and Matthieu Le Brun. This music was a spiritual, animalistic experience that carried us right into the present moment.

Laetita Donoma and Matthieu Le Brun, Picture by Max Pugh.

During the performance, I sacrificed some of my hair as homage for our ancestors . Two nights later I had a dream. One of my ancestors came to visit: my father-in-law who died a few years ago. He had always been there next to me, but by honoring him I gave him enough strength to come visit me, could feel his love so present, he was very happy.

So who do you need to honor, and what do you need to let go, so the future may be with nothing and so we can start to create anything?

Here are a few more pictures of the day:

Picture by Max Pugh
Picture by Max Pugh

By Sylvie Shiwei Barbier

Sylvie Shiwei Barbier is an Artist and Co-founder of Life Itself