Kala (Time)

by Daniela Beltrani

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Daniela Beltrani, Kala (Time), 2015
Saturday 7 February 2015, 17:30 – 20:30
Sunday 8 February 2015, 17:30 – 20:30
The Mill Destruction & Rebirth, 5 Jalan Kilang, Singapore


I will be dressed in white and sit on a mat for three hours.

Whoever wishes to have water poured from me, will have to sit and patiently wait until I fill up the cup to the desired amount with a dropper. I will perform the actions in syntony with my breathing. It will be an opportunity for a joint meditation.

If nobody is with me, I simply sit still.

The double action of trapping and releasing water is secondary to the breathing. The main action is breathing and the performance is meant to help the sitter bring awareness to it and considerations in relation to it. Whatever action or purpose we have in life, we are sustained by our breath, which we often take for granted: the slower the breath, the calmer our mind, the higher possibility for consciousness and getting in touch with our true selves. Conventional time passes with each breath, but the present reveals our true immortal nature.

Kala is a Sanskrit word for time. It appears in the Bhagavad-Gita [11.32], where Lord Krishna says He is time.

"Above the modes of nature is eternal time, which is called kala because it changes the shape of everything in the material world. Even if we are able to do something temporarily beneficial, time will see that the good project is frustrated."
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1:13:46 Purport

Daniela Beltrani, 2 February 2015

Photo credit: Pamela Ng


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