Thank you to all who attended to make this a successful evening for all arousing much cause for thought.
An interesting query was raised over whether evolution is a human necessity and natural viable way forward or whether it is merely social fabrications imply we aught evolve to succeed. Simultaneously the question of devolution was raised and the consensus was generally that devolution was not humanly possible. With reference to Theodore Adorno I would like to add a quote for consideration at this juncture:
“Rationality has relapsed into barbarianism; that irrationality itself inheres in rationality”.
Excerpt from: The Critical Role of Art: Adorno between Utopia and Dystopia. Paolo A. Bolanos : http://www.kritike.org/journal/issue_1/bolanos_june2007.pdf issn 1908-7330.
In Minima Moralia Adorno writes, “Our perspective of life has passed into an ideology which conceals the fact that there is life no longer”
Adorno, T. Minima Moralia: Reflections on a damaged Life. EFN Jephcott, London Verso 2005.
To add further thought to the above texts and to the recent SOS Forum debate: I query the western and certainly the capitalist way of life and ask in sincerity, is this truly living or merely a kind of suspended state of existence?. Could it be that simply via the constructs of language alone that we render ourselves ultimately static amidst a cultural waste land? Words and logic are the very foundations which we construct daily realities and in doing so construct potential prisons. Navigational structures are necessary for stability and thus motivation in life, as are mental prisons..
Is Utopia possibly only attainable firstly via Dystopia.. ? In this sense should all art really be negative as Adorno implies, perhaps?
‘In the drama of conscious existence, it is not theory and practice that encounter each other, but enigma and transparency, phenomena and insight. If enlightenment does occur, it does so no through the establishment of a dictatorship of lucidity but as the dramatic self illumination of existence’.
Sloterdijk, Peter, Thinker on the Stage: Nietzsche’s Materialism, Trans by Jamie Owen Daniel (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1989).
At this point I would like to offer for consideration that Utopias can be transiently attainable via crafting. Crafting in itself is a form of meditative existentialist behaviour arguably more in tune with the primal instincts of human beings. Within crafting, one can disregard socially fabricated knowledge and intelligence as superfluous and thus return to the child like states that transcend time and space, where one is free from organised constraints. (Reference Jacques Lacan Mirror Theory). Crafting can be tremendously therapeutic in this sense and can bring extended reward outwards into the social sphere as William Morris advocated.
Regarding Utopias being derivative of Dystopias and certainly using the word Utopia literally ‘as no place’ then it would appear logical to me that the Dystopic nature of social fabrications, knowledge, beliefs, delusions etc, be alleviated via the acts of ‘unlearning’. This I feel is an important aspect of any real kind of evolution where both poles of ‘death’ and ‘life’ are inextricably linked yet certainly in the west only one pole in particular is celebrated as useful to society.
Unlearning, or re-educating can commence via crafting where the practitioner once again embraces the experimental, discards the logical, is freed from the constraints of the humdrum of the daily internal dialoge and can momentarily reside in a blank space that awaits the colouring of the imagination and the art nouveau of all our tomorrows, of our futures as life, not a perpetual cycle of death.
“The happiest people seem to be those who are producing something; the bored people are those who are consuming much and producing nothing” William Inge, 1860-1954.
Art aught remind of a lack. “To aid the non-identicle, which in reality is repressed by reality’s compulsion to identity”. Adorno, T: Aesthetic Theory. London Continuum, 2004.
‘Zen believes words are the fundamental obstacle to clear understanding. The monks seek to reach their goal of enlightenment not through learning but by the unlearning of all preconceived notions of life and reality’. Preface: Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence, Juniper- Andrew. Tuttle Publishing.
mODPOD will encompass such themes as mentioned above and will aim to be an educational device inso far as it will allow for unlearning and re-learning accessible for all who feel they have passed the Mirror Stage that Jaques Lacan references, to the point of either confusion, dissatisfaction, stagnation, or even the perceived point of no return.. ! ? mODPOD will aim to entice all back to the garden.
Testing theories in ‘POP 3’… TBC.. Themes of confusion, disorientation, lack, experiences of death and its uses within culture, guessing games.. black space/ blank space.. camera flash, whats in the bag, infected imaginarium etc.. Watch this space for a transformative experience.
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