2 uncommon reflections on the present future
But now science, incited by its powerful delusion, speeds on inexorably right to its limits, at which point the optimism hidden in the essence of logic fails. For the circumference of the circle of science has an infinity of points, and while it is still impossible to see how that circumference could ever be completely measured, nevertheless the noble, talented man, before the middle of his life, inevitably comes up against some border point on that circumference, where he stares at something which cannot be illuminated. When, at this point, he sees to his horror how logic turns around on itself and finally bites its own tail, then a new form of knowledge breaks through, the acknowledgement of the tragic, which in order merely to be endured,requires art as a protector and healer.
Is pessimism necessarily the sign of collapse, destruction, and disaster, of the exhausted and enfeebled instinct, as it was among the Indians, as it is now, to all appearances, among us “modern” peoples and Europeans? Is there a pessimism of the strong? An intellectual inclination for what in existence is hard, dreadful, angry, and problematic, emerging from what is healthy, from overflowing well being, from living existence to the full? Is there perhaps a way of suffering from the very fullness of life, a tempting courage of the keenest sight which demands what is terrible, like an enemy—a worthy enemy—against which it can test its power, from which it will learn what “to fear” means?
This Quote-Collage was composed by Spaceweaver which kindly agreed to be a guest of honor on this page (at least 4 this single time, at this collective space .... -) many Thanks.
image : Yves Klein, at the Guggenheim museum Bilbao.
text : Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy, 1872. (translation by Ian Johnston, 2000).
video : sound & video artist Ryoji Ikeda, Data Matrix, Live at the Sonar, 2010.