Thursday, July 19, 2012

Spooky Blue







pictures by A/Z, (for more see here);
Jean-Michel Basquiat, To Repeal Ghosts (1986),
Image taken from Leonhard Emmerling's Basquiat;
Edvard Munch,
detail from Night in St. Cloud (1890),
detail from Moonlight (1895),
detail from Moonlight (1893),
detail from House in Moonlight (1895),
detail from Stormy Night (1893),
detail from The Three Stages of Woman (Sphinx) (1894),
Image taken from Ulrich Bischoff's Munch;
Anselm Kiefer, page from Kyffhäuser (1980),
Image from Daniel Arasse's Anselm Kiefer;
A Lung (The Knife);
Code Morel & One Hundred Forty Nine Inches (montage A/Z, for more see here);
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"A matéria também sonha."
"O escuro aumenta a solidão e torna o espaço infinito."
"... realidade e pesadelo se misturam..."
"Não há mais esquecimento, nem sono."
Iberê Camargo, Gaveta dos Guardados
"A chama da vela projeta, enorme, a sombra de Maria Valéria na parede e no teto do quarto. E quando ela se retira, fica ali dentro a escuridão fria e silenciosa."
Érico Veríssimo
"É um sonho doce em transição com um pesadelo."
Júpiter Maçã, A Odisséia

"Zwei Menschen gehn durch kahlen, kalten Hain; der Mond läuft mit, sie schaun hinein..."
Richard Dehmel
"Au lendemain de cette nuit, le petit Joseph est pris soudain de malaises et de crampes, et meurt en peu d'heures."
Nietzsche (traduction by Klossowski)
"Cela peut se passer pendant le jour, mais cela se passe en préférence en général pendant la nuit..."
Artaud, Van Gogh le suicidé de la société
"Point suprême, focal ou transcendant, Minuit, qui ne se définit pas chez Nietzsche par un équilibre ou une réconciliation des contraires, mais par une conversion... en passant par le dernier des hommes, mais en allant au-delà..."
Deleuze

"Selon Cézanne, la couleur bleue est particulièrement indiquée pour représenter l'éloignement et la hauteur dans l'espace..."
Ulrike Becks-Malorny
"The first room is not illuminated. The pale moonlight is thus blended here with the stronger lighting of the inner room... Everything is transformed into a scenic backdrop... a dreamlike dusk..."
Kierkegaard (translation M. G. Piety)
"Il y a en lui comme dans la peste une sorte d'étrange soleil, une lumière d'une intensité anormale où il semble que le difficile et l'impossible même deviennent tout à coup notre élément normal."
A. Artaud (Le théâtre et la peste)
"Et tout à coup ce qu'on attendait se produit: des vapeurs sulfureuses, lilacées, émergent en bloc d'un point du cercle que les six hommes ont tracé..."
A. Artaud (Tutuguri)

"E tinha por penitência,
Que a sua própria figura,
De dia, era igual às outras...
E diferente, em noite escura!
... Pelo lunar do seu rosto,
Que  se tornava visível
Apenas o sol era posto."
Simões Lopes Neto (O Lunar de Sepé)
"... de modo que eu talvez esteja ainda mais 'vivo' que vós. Olhai melhor! Nem mesmo sabemos onde habita agora o que é vivo, o que ele é, como se chama..."
Memórias do Subsolo (tradução Boris Schnaiderman)
"Dee Dee wasn't unconscious or anything, but I could see his skin turning rubbery and getting bluish and I freaked. I was like, 'Oh my god!'"
Arturo Vega  (Please Kill Me)

"It is a spooky thing to be left alone inside an angry innerverse."
James St. James
"Nick's voice seemed to drift into my consciousness from no particular place. An eerie, disembodied voice."
William S. Burroughs
"I am in that intriguing and confounded state of mind in which reason commands us to recognize what reason on the other hand would reject as im­possible."
Thomas Mann (An Experience in the Occult/H. T. Lowe-Porter translation)
"... encender una vela, andar com ella por el corredor... nos asomamos a vezes a lo que fuimos antes de ser esto que vaya a saber si somos."
Morelli/Cortázar
"... pour le réapprendre, pour bien l'écouter, je dus m'efforcer de ne plus  entendre le son des conversations que les masques tenaient autour de moi..."
"Profonde Albertine que je voyais dormir et qui était morte."
"... le duc de Guermantes, dès qu'il s'était levé et avait voulu se tenir debout, avait vacillé sur des jambes flageolantes comme celles de ces vieux archevêques sur lesquels il n'y a de solide que leur croix métallique et vers lesquels s'empressent des jeunes séminaristes gaillards..."
Marcel Proust, le narrateur

"Lorsqu'un Achuar ou un Cree disent qu'un artefact ou un élément inorganique de l'environnement ont une 'âme', ils entendent par là que ces entités jouissent d'une intentionnalité propre de même nature que celle des humains..."
Philippe Descola, Par-delà nature et culture
"The soul is not confined to the head but extends throughout and the body. It is linked to the ancestors; connected with the life of animals, plants, the earth, and the heavens; it can travel out the body in dreams, in trance, and at death; and it can communicate with a vast realm of spirits—of ancestors, animals, nature spirits, beings such as elves and fairies, elementals, demons, gods and goddesses, angels and saints."
Rupert Sheldrake

"Euch, den kühnen Suchern, Versuchern, und wer je sich mit listigen Segeln auf furchtbare Meere einschiffte, — euch, den Räthsel-Trunkenen, den Zwielicht-Frohen, deren Seele mit Flöten zu jedem Irrschlunde gelockt wird: — denn nicht wollt ihr mit feiger Hand einem Faden nachtasten; und wo ihr errathen könnt, da haßt ihr es, zu erschließen."
"Rechne ich dagegen von jenem Tage an vorwärts, bis zur plötzlichen und unter den unwahrscheinlichsten Verhältnissen eintretenden Niederkunft im Februar 1883 — die Schlußpartie, dieselbe, aus der ich im Vorwort ein paar Sätze citirt habe, wurde genau in der heiligen Stunde fertig gemacht, in der Richard Wagner in Venedig starb — so ergeben sich achtzehn Monate für die Schwangerschaft. Diese Zahl gerade von achtzehn Monaten dürfte den Gedanken nahelegen, unter Buddhisten wenigstens, daß ich im Grunde ein Elephanten-Weibchen bin."
Nietzsche
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"Some of the phenomena studied under rather artificial conditions by parapsychologists show only fairly weak effects, but in the real world telepathy may operate much more reliably. For example, I have done studies on telepathy between mothers and their babies, and the mothers often know quite accurately when their baby needs them even when they are miles away. Similarly, many dogs and cats seem to know when their owners are coming home and wait for them at a door or window in a reliable and repeatable way," (Rupert Sheldrake's interview, TBS);
"Satan is pure spirit. He often appears as something else, to mislead. He appeared to Padre Pio as Jesus, to frighten him. He sometimes appears as a raging animal. The ritual of exorcism is not practiced by an ordinary priest. An exorcist requires specific training and must be thought to have a personal sanctity. He can be exposed to dangerous behavior and personal threat. His prayers often cause a violent response as he attempts to shine a beam of light into the darkness," (Father Amorth, "The Devil and Father Amorth: Witnessing 'the Vatican Exorcist' at Work", William Friedkin/ Vanity Fair);
"Prayer is a form of intentional magic, a mental act intended to affect the world in some way. Wearing a sacred symbol is a form of sympathetic magic, a symbolic correspondence said to trancend time and space..."
"Spiritualism, as practiced in the form of séances, was a modern form of the ancient magical practice of theurgy" Dean Radin, Real Magic (Harmony/Penguin 2018, p. 3, 60);
"It appears however that, while significant to him from an intellectual point of view, naturalistic interpretations were not adopted consistently, nor did Crowley remain faithful to them in the follow ing years. We have in fact plenty of instances in Crowley’s magical curriculum where he makes contact with entities that he is far from considering as mere ‘‘portions of his brain’’ or as parts of his unconscious psyche (as his discovery of psychoanalysis may have lead him to believe)," Marco Pasi, "Varieties of Magical Experience" (Magical, Ritual and Witchcraft, Winter 2011)

***See also:
- "Seeing Dead People Not Known to Have Died: Peak in Darien," Bruce Greyson (Anthropology and Humanism, vol. 35, n. 2, 2010, pp. 159-171);
- "Near-death experiences between science and prejudice," Enrico Facco and Christian Agrillo (Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 6, July 2012);
- "Metaphysics of the Tea Ceremony: a randomized trial investigating the roles of intention and belief on mood while drinking tea," Yung-Jong Shiah and Dean Radin (Explore November/December 2013, vol. 9, n. 6355);

And also:
- Trondheim (Norway);
- Netherlands (Amsterdam, Utrecht);
- Mário Quintana as I see him;
- Noite Morta (Manuel Bandeira);
- ... l'éternel moustache...
- Nature's Horror;