Like every morning,
Lisa woke up with difficulties, TV eyes and no real enthusiasm.
She had a very short night, and wasn't used to sleeping in a soft bed. She didn't remember everything about last night, but she had a feeling that a little something happened; something that drastically changed her.
All she recalled was her visit to an exhibition from a murky artist called Patrick Mimran. She could not find anything special to say or think about the paintings that she saw. It was just another show with boring people. She was waiting for her friend Julia, who came all dressed in black with a colorful cool scarf from Allezzou. They went to a trendy new place with weird and loud music and full of people. They sat at the bar and asked for two mojitos. The place looked like an art installation, with videos playing on the ceiling. They stared at the crowd and did not see any nice-looking guys. They looked at each other with a smile and went out on the street to smoke a joint. They looked up as the smoke rose and their attention became captured by a billboard on the High Line on 22nd Street. There in bold and black it was written:
"Art is everywhere but not in everything."
As they began to laugh, Lisa took a photograph of Julia in front of the massive ad with her cell phone. She uploaded the photo to Instagram, with the hashtag Chelsea. The girls then went back, hand in hand, to finish their drinks. Julia suggested having a second last drink but at her place, since she lived two blocks away. Lisa agreed and they walked to the front of a new building, entered the hall, took the elevator to the fifth floor and Julia opened the door. It was a nice place, painted in white, with a comfortable sofa. There were colorful skies on the walls and a marble table that held fashion and architectural magazines, as well as a copy of the Portland Press Herald.
While Julia was fixing drinks, Lisa was playing with her smart phone. She downloaded a new app called Aphos and was intrigued by it. She registered the app and did something that she would never have done before. She expressed herself freely, with no boundaries about her ideas, life, art, sexuality and politics. For the first time in her life Lisa was convinced that what she was doing had meaning and she had a chance to change something in her life and in the world. She wrote a few short sentences, signed Lisa and posted them online. Julia came with the drinks, sat close to Lisa, made eye contact and kissed her.