The focus of the ‘ Academie Libre Ambulante’ is towards our world view(s), to all intents and purposes in order to grasp the underlying values and ideas of the personal and collective ‘ identities’, itself probably a misleading concept.
The central question is how we might unveil the hidden ‘evidence’ in the back of our minds, that determines our perception and reflex to the ‘unknown’ . And, as we all know, the ‘unknown’ is larger than the Pacific Ocean.
The actual crisis is a challenge that requires thorough analysis and a profound transformation of the prevailing paradigms, with the aim to realize a more integrated, holistic world view.
The meeting was an experience. In the words of Geerd Schlangen: it reverberated several days. The brief presentations were special. Each introduction showed a direct link with the own discipline, professional activities and the endeavor to act accordingly. The bio-stories revealed the inner cohesion between theory and practice; between the personal and the public world.
The performance by Bjorn Aris embodied the act of seppuku, the ritual suicide of a samurai, at the request of the Shogun. Seppuku as the realization of life and death, within a strict protocol of honor and self-control, was breath-taking.
In the words of Bjorn: ‘The sword is the Self, cutting through matter and time and penetrating to true insight.’
Spinoza would say: ‘Meditation about death is meditation about life’.
We realized that such a performance brings us to the limit of our understanding. The clash of paradigm’s between the vision on suicide by Herman Hesse, brought forward by Tatjana, and the code of honor of the Japanese samurai caste, became evident.
Conclusion: if we reach the limit of our understanding, new questions arise. Such a creative experience is a central aim of A.L.A. It also reveals the meaning of an integral experience of body and mind: ‘the body doesn’t lie’. (B.A.)
The question was raised: are we planning in the near future to include an audience from outside the small circle of A.L.A.-participants, as a first tryout?
The answer: let’s discuss the question concretely in the next meeting while reserving a date for such a ‘public’ encounter, in case the answer is ‘yes’.
With thanks to Colette for the lunch, and to Marco for moderating the meeting quietly and effectively, and above all to Bjorn Aris for his performance which brought us to the edge of our imagination and comprehension.
Kapberg, Warder, March 7, 2009