Saturday, August 25, 2018

Musée de Cluny & the Praying Mantis


All pictures by A/Z (for more see here);

"At some point became clear that that figure could only be approached through bassesse, through lowering, through going beneath the figure into the terrain of formlessness. And it also became clear that the act of lowering could, itself, only register through the vehicle of a trace of index, through, that is, the stain that would fissure the event from within into an act of aggression, and mark, or residue — a clutch!" (Rosalind Krauss, The Optical Unconscious);
"Rigid, immobile, wraithlike, the mantis's posture in life is to mime the inanimate. But its drive to imitate doesn't stop with the defense of its organism, Caillois says... For even decapitated the praying mantis continues to function and thus to perform a hideously robotic dance of life... 'have coitus, lay eggs, build a cocoon... fall into a fake, cadaverous immobility... dead, the mantis can simulate death'" (Rosalind Krauss, The Visual Unconscious);
"Dès les premiers versets de la Bible, la première fois que l'homme est nommé, il est appelé 'image'... Dé entrée de jeu, la question de l'image se trouve ainsi inscrite dans le drame de l'histoire de l'humanité... projet d'une restitution pleine de la ressemblance perdue qui ne demeure qu'à l'état de trace (vestigium)... Le désir qu'a l'ermite de voir l'image a une dimension fantasmatique et obsessionnelle..." (Jean-Claude Schmitt);
"Daß ich Pascal nicht lese, sondern liebe, als das lehrreichste Opfer des Christenthums, langsam hingemordet, erst leiblich, dann psychologisch, die ganze Logik dieser schauderhaftesten Form unmenschlicher Grausamkeit..."
"Der Begriff Offenbarung, in dem Sinn, dass plötzlich, mit unsäglicher Sicherheit und Feinheit, Etwas sichtbar, hörbar wird, Etwas, das Einen im Tiefsten erschüttert und umwirft, beschreibt einfach den Thatbestand" (Nietzsche); 

See also:
- Dogen with Hagakure;
- l'écrit tordu des astres;
- Eglises Paris et nearby;
- l'oeuvre &/ou le vrai oeil;
- en profane;
- pick a soul;
- view from Berthe Trépat's apartment;
- Santísima Trinidad del Paraná;
- Misiones (Argentina);

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