Dates: 22.7. | 23.7. | 29.7. | 30.7. | 12.8.
Place: We start in front of the Arabia shopping centre, Hämeentie 111.
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The Other Spaces group presents a participatory outdoor performance Avalokiteshvara Superclusters. The performance consists of a collective exercise in compassion. The aim is to reach the experience of the equality of all beings.
The performance combines Avalokiteshvara, the Buddhist embodiment of compassion, and superclusters, the largest known structures in the universe. The performance takes place on wastelands, places where the natural and artificial meet with aleatory and uncontrolled ways.
Tickets are not sold for the performance. Instead, the participants donate 10€ to protect a piece of the Earth. The donations are handled by Luonnonperintösäätiö, and each 10€ donation will protect about 20 square meters of a forest called Tomteskog near Porvoo. If you can't make your donation in advance, you can also donate by cash at the performance.
The performance lasts about 3 hours and we stay outdoors on easy terrain. Please check the weather on the performance day, and dress appropriately! We recommend easy clothes, such that it is OK to get them slightly dirty, for example if you wish to sit down on the ground.
The name of the performance originates in the Buddhist tradition. According to legend, Avalokiteshvara was an Indian prince who, in his search for enlightenment, decided to make a vow of not resting until he had helped every being in the universe to reach enlightenment and freedom. However, in spite of his huge cosmic efforts, the universe always filled up with suffering creatures. This was too much for Avalokiteshvara, and he exploded into an infinite multitude of pieces. His friends, already enlightened, rushed to help him, and reassembled Avalokiteshvara's pieces. The result was the embodiment of cosmic compassion, a many-headed, many-armed, many-eyed Buddha.
Superclusters are collections of galaxies, the largest known structures in the universe. Our home supercluster, Laniakea, was identified in 2014 based on the relative speeds of the individual galaxies. The name Laniakea comes from the Hawaiian language and means "immense heaven".