One Hour Contemplation (Congratulations Project)

Performance

Duration of each performance: 1 hour

Under the umbrella of the Congratulations project stand two ideas, one of which is called One Hour Contemplation, commenced on the 20th of May, 2018, and the other one which is known as Today Might Be The Last Day, which I started a few months later, in October of the same year. Both ideas are a series of practices/performances that I plan to carry on until the last day of my life on earth. Congratulations is a life-long project including a series of performances/practices through which I try to maintain an awareness of my approaching death. During the performance, I will be lying/sitting for one hour trying to comprehend and internalize the absolute reality that I might die at any second. Next, to me, there is an elaborate list of things that need to be done in the event that I die during the performance. This list is maintained based on the situation of my life on the days that I perform and will be updated before each performance accordingly. Contrary to the prevailing attitudes towards death, I have come to the realization that this event is just the beginning of the actual life and liveliness and the one who experiences it deserves to be congratulated.

Presented in: Toolbox Gallery, Berlin/ Hamras Gallery, Tehran/ Matn Gallery, Isfahan/ Museum of Impossible forms, Helsinki/ Väre, Aalto University, Helsinki/ Recycling Center, Helsinki/ Experimental Event VI, The Tower of Babel, Pori/