Video, 1min, loop, no sound.
2016

What sound does a hand make when clapping alone? 

(This questions is a ‘koan’, an absurd anecdote that doesn’t imply ordinary logic, used in certain buddhism schools.)

The question is absurd, there is no logical answer. By definition, applauding is clapping in your two hands. 

The answer is not a slight trembling of the air. 

The answer is not half of a sound, because the clap results from the encounter between two hands. 

This 'nonsense' isn't intended for discursive logic, therefore the idea transcends the formulation, transcends itself. 

From a duality point of view, in order to applaud, we need two hands. This is the structure of experience. It is only in the collision of those two hands that an experience is birthed, that a sound is co-created. This event is the result of the encounter. 

From a non-duality point of view, from vacuity, what sound does a hand make when clapping by itself? 

Here, the subject and the object are a hand. There’s nothing outside of it, other than matter. The hand here is experience, liberated in space, a spectacle, a gesture. 

In the immediate experience, there is no duality, just consciousness itself, the sound of a hand clapping by itself. 

The spectator becomes the hand, he becomes that sound, manifest, by his experience. 

Pure vacuity. 

The real world is given to us once, immediately- it’s a feeling, it is already full of itself, it is not making a difference between that which is being seen and the observer, the object and the subject, fragments both. It’s a singular from which stems a plural which is unknown. The duality is not present in the immediacy of the real experience. The subject and the object are the two sides of a one and only experience, which is the one and only reality at that moment. 

There is no subject, no object, the duality is abolished, above, only the whole experience subsides, as a space in itself in which it has happened, and would thus be the only true whole, the unique event.

 

"Nothing / Will have taken place / But the place"