[NetBehaviour] Insoluble Cases

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Fri Apr 29 18:01:32 CEST 2011

re: the ending of your text, perhaps art then deals with something too 
alien or inconceivable to bear? (to bare?) without the trappings of 
fundamental structure, textual inerrancy (bible, koran for example, 
perhaps even what can be 'found' in marx or freud, lacan)? the very 
passing of artistic style/fashion - effacement on one hand, but tied to 
the signature of the artist on the other - creates a different moment than 
that of texts or structure premised for all time... -

- Alan

On Fri, 29 Apr 2011, Bj?rn Magnhild?en wrote:

> Excellent text,
> dystopic, futuristic, entropic, apocalyptic.
> I was reading 'a brief history of time' recently, for the nth time,
> this time the singularities struck me with almost religious bearing
> (scientific concepts are often much 'wilder' than religious ones), as
> a 'nothing exists fundamentally' - the world, physical laws, not to
> talk about cultural habits. The amazing thing remains that we, sort
> of, are able to understand this and our situation, at some cognitive
> level. And the tragedy/comedy/travesty of it, that we are forced, or
> -only able to-, live with ourselves and the world as whole bodies of
> experience (where 'understanding' is only a small part, alongside
> paying the rent, etc). But this understanding makes us free, as it
> views our bodies, or the body of the world, as inherently contingent
> and without a firm basis. But do we understand this freedom? Can we
> get our bodies to understand/experience this freedom? Maybe this is an
> insoluble case. In a philosophical sense, maybe it's also about
> whether we have some faculty of understanding that embraces/integrates
> experiences from top to bottom (head/body, abstract/concrete,
> subject/object) as a whole. Or maybe Sheffer's stroke means that we
> don't (not (A and B)). Or again, maybe this negative -is- the whole.
> Maybe art can be a thing like that, as insoluble cases, singularities,
> based on the freedom of understanding that 'nothing exists
> fundamentally' and that whatever exists now will eventually and
> entropically turn to dust. (One could think that if there is a
> singularity also in the end of the world then entropy might decrease -
> things would reassemble from dust - but it seems entropy increases
> even if the universe should contract to a singularity). If there was
> something art could put its hands on, after being emptied itself, of
> form and content, it could be something like holding and researching
> this freedom or void that is itself, the world, and its understanding
> of both.

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