Will you still know me tomorrow

18 Mar — 6 May 2017 at Galerie Laurent Godin in Paris, France

Will you still know me tomorrow, Exhibition view. Courtesy of Laurent Godin
Will you still know me tomorrow, Exhibition view. Courtesy of Laurent Godin
6 APR 2017

We are delighted to present « Will you still know me tomorrow », the first exhibition of the artist duo Yarisal & Kublitz at the gallery. We will exhibit through an initiatory and meditative journey, a body of recent works.

Hi, this is Yarisal & Kublitz, welcome to our next guided meditation, Will you still know me tomor- row? In this session, we will focus on the themes of our relationships—of loss and belonging. Today we will reflect on the rituals of mourning and connectivity. We ask you to pay special atten- tion to your being present.

Take a deep breath, it’s time to unplug, tune in: you’re on a mission, led by intuition, you should listen. Settle in, and let’s get started. We would like you to become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the triggers that engage them. By “unplug” we suggest an active, selective, graceful process of disconnecting—physically, mentally, and digitally. By “tune in” we mean to interact harmoniously with the world around you.

Now you are ready to Mega evolve. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to do this. To“mega evolve” means to come forth gradually into being, to seek a discovery of one’s singularity, and a commitment to choice and change.

Now, take a breath, close your eyes, let your mind wander: you will travel across the land, searching far and wide, for you to understand, the power that’s inside.

Before you stands a portal, shaped in the form of an iPhone gadget called the Perfect Aim Poke- mon Go Case. The case is the perfect hack for leveling up faster through simply fine-tuning Pokeball physics. The door, like the case, will set you straight. The portal marks the process of detach- ment from involuntary or unconscious commitments, and unlocks the power inside. Bring your mind back to the moment—the golden now—follow the light, and part the curtains before you. Break on through to the other side.

You are on the right path. You will find your mantra for today’s session in the text, A Visit to the Goon Squad, preserved in the glass vitrine straight ahead.

“ ‘Oh we’ll know each other for forever,’ Bix said. ‘The days of losing touch are almost gone.’ ‘What does that mean?’ Drew asks.

‘We’re going to meet again in a different place,’ Bix said. ‘Everyone we’ve lost, we’ll find. Or they’ll find us.’”

Increasingly connected, yet ever more physically disconnected lives. We want you to pay special attention to the people who have intentionally or unintentionally entered or exited your life, with their physical or digital presence. Notice if there’s any strong sensations in your body or mind. Now, if the sensations are comfortable, and they feel pleasant, then that’s fine, obviously, but if they are uncomfortable in any way, what we’d like you to do is to notice what happens when you give up trying to change or resist that tension.

But for now, get yourself comfortable. Sit on the bench in front of you, let the familiar blue light wash over you. Now open your eyes, observe the Facebook Memorial before you, be aware of each stone, grounded and earthly, each USB stick, each plaque. Feel yourself rooted to the floor. Now, if you like, you can take a closer look. Maintain your focus. Each of these names could have been a loved one, or a stranger met in passing. Now take another long slow breath.

Each of the USB sticks before you contain the Facebook profile of the person listed on the plaque. Their data is preserved in this memorial, a wall of lost connections. It also functions as a time capsule, sealing the history of their interactions and final moments before they logged off forever. Are you still with us? Good. Imagine, in 50 years, they will be reopened. Now, reconnect to your breath. What would your USB stick contain? What would your self-curated profile reveal?

Breath. You are calm. Your heart is open. You are connected. Ask yourself, Is this a lasting trea- sure, or just a moment’s pleasure?

Slowly descend the stairs. Here, on level 5, directly before you, you will encounter Sweet Dreams Queen B. Take a humble bow. On level 4, we asked you to go inward, to reflect on your place in the eternal flux. Here on level 5, the goal is an awakening to your role in this cosmic order. Are you ready? Now let’s get in formation. Prove to me you got some coordination.

Focus your mind on the pyramid, a shrine to the dual nature of community, the delicate balance struck between the collective conscious and the self. Thick with honey, nestled within the velvet hexagon, is the queen bee’s final resting place. It is both shrine and reliquary, a small, glowing temple to a species in decline directly linked to our own eternal cycle of life. The queen bee is im- mortalized, embalmed in the material of her own creation, like the Egyptian gods before her—a mother, worshiped and protected by her followers. Take a moment and zoom out. Now meditate on your contribution.

You have reached the final level, level 6. You are now completely awakened. You feel infinite, weightless, timeless. Through you flows the energy of the entire universe. God may be in the details, but the goddess is in connections. Look before you, No need to kneel it’s just the eternal wheel—another sacred hexagon, a final guide on your path to enlightenment. In this session, you have traveled along an arc, from digital loss to earthly connection. Now we return to the body. Look at the legs, parted at the very source of your journey; look at the hair, sprung from this source, braided together from the radiant flow of our many meetings.

Allow images to form in your mind, and allow your sensations to move with the rhythm of each breath. Now use your inner voice, and repeat ‘I am without beginning or ending. I am eternal. My con- sciousness is not bound by time or space. Like the universe itself, I am limitless. I am part of a vast, unified wholeness. Will you still know me tomorrow?