"The sandwich man"
By Piero Bortoli
01/09/04"The sandwich man”
I presented a live Art happening at the Liverpool Town Hall for the inauguration of the Liverpool Biennial 2004.
With my performance, I transformed my self into a sandwich man to propagate Art like as if it were a commercial business and how the system of the economic god tells the people what to do.
By using the concept of the sandwich man and materialistic point of view like “Time is Money” and original design clocks made in Murano glass, on the other positive side using rice and the Buddhist Philosophy.
Human beings have two kinds of treasure. One is clothing and the other is food. A sutra states, "Sentient beings live in dependence on food."' This passage means that living beings dwell in this world owing to food and clothing. Fish dwell in water and regard water as their treasure. Trees grow on the earth and regard the earth as their treasure. Human beings have life owing to food, and regard food as their treasure.
Life is the foremost of all treasures. It is expounded that even the treasures of the entire major world system cannot equal the value of one's body and life. Even the treasures that fill the major world system are no substitute for life. Life is like a lamp, and food is like oil. When the oil is exhausted, the lamp goes out, and without food, life will cease.
In accordance with their status, some have wives and children, relatives, fiefs, and gold and silver, while others have no treasure. Whether one has wealth or not, no treasure exceeds the one called life. Ultimately, "earnest resolve" is what makes an offering, or almsgiving, in Buddhism a meaningful act. The Daishonin* thus equates the polished rice he has received to life itself.
* From: THE MAJOR WRITINGS OF NICHIREN DAISHONIN vol.1