Oct 2, 2002

Towards Aix-In-Provence on the night train to pick up Chiara. Trains, as opposed to planes, have a way of dilating time. My compartment was considered first class only because I slept in it alone. On the way back to Rome, travelling with Chiara and thus another bunk pulled down from the wall, the very same compartment is considered, now, second class just because two people share it.
Being alone gives status.
I packed not only books but selected thoughts to concentrate on. Like what colors to paint my studio walls. It's incredible how time travels, too, when you have something to think about.
The book I brought along was Heidegger's THE ORIGIN OF THE WORK OF ART (1935). Why I couldn't have been happy with a good Agatha Christie, I don't know. The most interesting part (and the easiest to comprehend) was the introduction. It was about holzwege. "Holz" means forest and "wege" means path and, apparently, the two words together mean a path that leads nowhere. Well, I've been on several of those except that before I didn't know what they were called. Anyway, what a holzwege has to do with the origins of art, I'm not sure. I only know that a path is a product of repetition.
On the path:
Art and artists have a reciprocal relationship. Art comes from the artist and the artist wouldn't be an artist without art.
A representation of reality is not real (even thou' it would like to be). However, the work of art extends reality because in it's material existence, it, too, is part of reality.
Art takes you to other places thus it makes you travel.
draw: I am a plane, said the artist
Beauty belongs to aesthetics and art to magazines.
Desire means going beyond the limits of the self, the limits of being.
Being is a form of measurement.
Nothing comes from nothing except nothing (or, in the words of Bobby McGee, nothing ain't worth nothing but it's free).
In brief, the origin of art is art.

Thanks, Martin....."The Origin of the Work of Art"--Heidegger's Philosophy of Art--Heidegger and Art--Martin Heidegger & German Expressionism--Heidegger--THE METAPHYSICS OF APPEARANCE:HEIDEGGER'S CRITIQUE OF TECHNOLOGY --Martin Heidegger (1889-1976)--In his essay "Van Gogh, Schapiro, Heidegger and Derrida," Gilbert-Rolfe facilitates a chat-room of sorts by creating succinct dialogue between Heidegger's essay "The Origin of the Work of Art" and Meyer Schapiro's attack on it while inducing Derrida's parody of Schapiro's sense of certainty. --. Heidegger made a telling misjudgement when he made a speech, in 1933, as Rector of Freiburg University, praising the Hitler and the Nazi Party, which he had just joined.--.--Holzwege and Feldwege in Cyberwald: The Multimedia Philosophy Lecture--Dwelling on Heidegger:Architecture as mimetic techno-poiesis--A Pragmatist Notion of Work of Art--TWO ASPECTS OF BOURGEOIS CRISIS CONSCIOUSNESS--Heidegger and Nazism--IN THE WORLD WITH HIPHOP AND HEIDEGGER--Is Art Dead in Modernity?--Heidegger's Hölderlin and John Cage --For Heidegger, this central problem of modern technology is a process which he refers to as the Enframing. --What is Art? --ART LETS TRUTH ORIGINATE:DADAISM, SURREALISM, AND HEIDEGGER --(Sx)(Fx & (Sy)(Gyx & -Ixy)) --Truth In Art--Anselm Kiefer and the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger (Contemporary Artists and Their Critics) --Kiefer has used both graphic means and language to symbolize the German philosopher Martin Heidegger's ideas--The work of Anselm Kiefer --Kiefer, Anselm (born 1945), German painter--The works of German painter Anselm Kiefer explore the intersection of Germany’s recent history and the artist's individual experiences. --Kiefer changed the world as much as an artist can. --Anselm Kiefer: Works on Paper, 1969-1993

artwork by Anselm Kiefer


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