"The gift is the very definition of life. It is the concrete day-to-day act that binds us to the cosmos, that breaks with dualism and reconnects us to the world."
-Jacques T. Godbout & Alain C. Caille
The Gift is a wandering performance which subtly brings the participants in an event into the world of the gift. By creating simple opportunities to give, receive and reciprocate with others, it encourages participants to open themselves to the flow of all things and to cultivate this approach through all aspects of their life.
To reinforce this, it culminates with the collective performance of a magicritual to make the ties that were formed during the exchanges real- as they now persist through time and space in the form of a debt- or mutual obligation.
Photo credit: Albert Dwan
The simplicity of the performance aims to make intelligible that:
“To think in terms of the gift is no longer to view what is around us (ties first, but also things) as instruments and means that serve our purposes. To give is to plunge back into the current, into the cycle, to move away from linear thinking, to reconnect horizontally but also vertically, in time, rediscovering ancestors. The spatial extension of [capitalism] shrinks time and turns ancestors into cadavers that have become dust. By contrast, partners in the gift are united not by their status or their mercantile interests but by their history, what happened between them in times past.”