It’s wonderful how different objects sound. This morning I spent some time ringing the lamps of our house………
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Some thoughts on cushions
With age comes an appreciation of good cushions. They must have qualities opposing the unforgiving pull of death. They make you forget your body through distributing the pull of gravity onto such a large area that it is barely noticeable. They devide gravitational force in a very large amount of small quantities. They try to beat gravity and in this they are machines that turn the person using them into a simulated angel : Life embracing, with a pain free mind, floating. They are a key to the shackles of reality. Dream maker, womb imposter. Utopia has been build probably on a foundation of soft cushions……
Toughts on Modernity and Repetition
Modernity started with tools that created the possibility of precise repetition of movement and then of production of objects. Modernity is based on precise repetition of movement. All engines, all industry, all production. Saying this; Understanding this as an artist I am not interested in precise repetition. I am bored by precise repetition. I detest precise repetition and therefore in a sense I am an enemy of Modernity and an enemy of the processes of technology. Precise repetition is a form of controlling future. A predicted movement happens with high probability. All engines are based on predicting the future. An engine is a machine that predicts and controls its own future. A machine that doesn’t behave in a predicted way is cause for anxiety. My father has difficulty to create a controllable future for himself. He is in this respect an opposite of an engine and I love this about him………………………………………………………… #writing #thinking #modernity #engines #drawing #ideas #predictingfuture #repetition #movement #history #world #industry #philosophy #stateofmind #artprocess #humanity #artist #art #contemporaryart
It has been a very windy day today and the streets were covered with seed pods. I picked up one of the pods and opened it. I was amazed about the tiny embryo I found. It is strange how similar all beings seem at their beginning. It felt breathtakingly odd, like a surgical operation and made me appreciate how deeply all life on our planet is connected. How life is truly one large organism.
I like the ground. It’s been around for Billions of years. It’s were we learned thinking. Where cause and effect dance nicely with each other. The home of deduction…….of writing. Where nature wrote nice letters to us , about transience and possibilities, about entropy and prowling tigers…..about food and water. Where the structure of the symbol has been invented, as in objects that mean something else than themselves..Where the 3dimensional ( 4dimensional including “time”) is transferred into the 2 dimensional……I like watching it…..
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To get certain foods we manipulate the sex life and the motherly love of animals and plants. We are inseminating cows and taking away materialised motherly love: milk. We are steeling unfertilised potential children from birds. We are lying to rice and pretending the rainy season is starting by flooding its environment , so it puts all the energy it has in its potential children,its seeds, so they can survive the next season and a possibility to get fertilised . I voice these observations not necessarily as a moralistic plea for veganism, but more as an observation of how our foods are connected to sexuality and love. A lot of our foods are interrupted plant or animal sex or the harvesting of motherly love. It is violent and very manipulative and expands over most foods and builds the fundament for the extraordinary expansion of our species. We have created a lot of narratives to be able to cope and execute this behaviour, as we are also socially highly empathetic and have the tendency to anthropomorphisise almost everything..
A short article on the important role cups and vases played in human culture, technology, economy and understanding.
A cup is an universal object. Something ancient with qualities to be found in almost every living thing. As a form it resembles the cell. The body. It’s opening is facing up to the sky . Always. Often when filled with fluids it mirrors images of the sky.
The size of a cup is related to the hand. When held together two hands can hold almost the same amount of fluid.
Bottles have a mouth . Drinking is like kissing. As kissing is a form of ritualised feeding through the mothers mouth. Their is a sexual aspect to touching something with your lips. In history cups and grails took on functions in rituals.
They combine three important aspects of life : they hold food or water, they face up to the sun , the light , they create order through membranes and resist entropy.
Cups and time
When cups came into existence time began for humans . A cup proposes a standard , a measure. The world becomes measurable. A cup connects visually time with space. It hands time to people away from the sky where it had been for millennia. Only the Sun and the Moon made time visible before. Now pouring out a cup is a measure for time, that works independently of the sky.
The cup as aggressive metaphor
In recent times the dominant economic structure has been the consumer society economy. Here the cup has become the metaphor that is applied on to everything. This happens on the background of trying to make everything measurable, consumable and therefore tradable. The qualities of the cup/vase have become an aggressive doctrine.
Human culture, technology and civilisation would be impossible without the existence of cups or vases, but we have to be careful not to fall under the dictatorship of the cup.