[NetBehaviour] Georgio Morandi: Lines of Poetry.

Michael Szpakowski szpako at yahoo.com
Sat Jan 26 16:40:58 CET 2013

Good point.
I've never seen Triumph of the Will.
I think I'd reply,as best I can, that
I wrote of a "grace ... which is available to artists". I didn't suggest this was in any way automatic.
I suspect Triumph of the Will and other Reifenstahl is less art than superbly crafted propaganda - 
I think I'd probably want to put it on a level with a well made advertisment, something from which one might
learn but which exists for instumental reasons, those reasons here being particularly vile ones.

I'm not too thrilled by the prospect but I will try and see the film at some point so I can speak from a 
more informed position. ( A similar case is "Birth of a Nation", of course).

I'm old fashioned enough to think that the word 'truth' is one useful litmus concept for artworks. I don't mean that we
mine from a work some sort of verbal paraphrase and then subject this to some kind of logical analysis, more that we
demand that a work corresponds in all its aspects to our sense of the richness of the world including how the world is ( 
scientific, historical, physical - forgive me post-modernists - fact being part, but not all, of this.)

This is all pretty provisional - thanks for making me think.

 From: aharon <aha at aharonic.net>
To: Michael Szpakowski <szpako at yahoo.com>; NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity <netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org> 
Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2013 1:25 AM
Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Georgio Morandi: Lines of Poetry.
Hi Michael and all,

> I love Morandi's work and I shall definitely go to see the show at the
> Estorick.
> Morandi is an enigma - that someone who was an active member of the
> Italian Fascist party
> could produce work that is so utterly... - if life affirming wasn't a
> cliche I'd say life affirming -
> utterly enchanting, humane, enriching...
> I can't help thinking, though, Heidegger is a putative friend, interpreter
> or advocate Morandi doesn't need.
> Where Morandi is great despite his politicsHeidegger is completely and
> forever tainted  by
> his active andnever publicly repented membership of the Nazi party.
> It strikes me there's a kind of grace here which is available to artists
> and not to philosophers. Ultimately
> all philosophy is a call to action or at least a framework for it. Art, on
> the contrary, enables even the
> personally wicked or the politically vile the redemptive act of looking
> carefully and making something to
> show us, be it painting , poem, music or whatever which makes us more
> deeply human.

Does this view includes Leni Riefenstahl?



> michael
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> Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 10:57 AM
> Subject: [NetBehaviour] Georgio Morandi: Lines of Poetry.
> Georgio Morandi: Lines of Poetry.
> by Robert Jackson.
> "There is a new exhibition on Georgio Morandi at the Estorick
> Collection, London, called Lines of Poetry. I’ve heard that they’ve
> brought together quite a few drawings and watercolours not previously
> seen in the UK – and more excitingly it collects all of the most
> important graphic work he did, including drawings there weren’t
> characteristically still-life.
> I was never really interested in Morandi’s work, until I saw a
> conference lecture given by one of my tutors – John Chilver – on
> Morandi
> and Heidegger’s ‘The Thing”. I was about 22 I think, and I certainly
> wasn’t in the capacity to absorb anything about Heidegger at that point
> (it was published somewhere I believe), but I remember the oddness and
> intensity of the works. Now of course, I see clear and obvious links
> between Morandi’s strange, haunting grasp of still-life objects forever
> ungraspable and Heidegger’s own musings about the withdrawn,
> self-supporting jug."
> http://robertjackson.info/index/2013/01/georgio-morandi-lines-of-poetry/
> Robert Jackson is also a writer/reviewer on Furtherfield.
> His recent article is 'Algorithms and Control'
> http://www.furtherfield.org/features/algorithms-and-control
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