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Sunrise

Posted by achresis on June 12, 2006

This is more like it: a sunrise depicted as "faint and timorous, like a hope that all may yet be well."

Turner is often regarded as an impressionist before impressionism yet it's likely, I gather, that these were unfinished paintings produced during "live" demonstrations. Nevertheless the "unobstrusiveness of the mightiest light " that is suggested here remains (in Adorno's words) both "moving and overpowering."

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Sunrise

Posted by achresis on June 12, 2006

Adorno writes:

"The poverty of the sunrise in Richard Strauss' 'Alpine Symphony' results not only from its banal sequences but from its very splendour.  For no sunrise, even in mountains, is pompous, triumphal, imperial; each one is faint and timorous, like a hope that all may yet be well, and it is this very unobstrusiveness of the mightiest light that is moving and overpowering." (Minima Moralia 111).

If Adorno is right, and I tend to agree, then not only Strauss but several other composers (including Beethoven, Ravel and even Mahler) have caved in to the temptation (actually possibly the desire in enlarged form) to paint a sunrise triumphantly.  But Adorno is not, of course, attempting simple reflection here–it's irrelevant whether a sunrise is triumphal or faint and timorous.  What matters is the image of the world implied when a sunrise is offered as part of the immanent structure of a work of art.

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A New Vocabulary

Posted by achresis on June 9, 2006

Things change so fast, it has too often been remarked, that it seems as if we must constantly be inventing new vocabularies to deal with the new conditions.  However, what does not change is this persistent need, this constant sense that things have changed, that our old languages and old words no longer can be expected to fulfil their tasks of expression and description.  Nothing is older than repetition, of course.  But nothing under the sun is newer or more original than repetition either.  I propose a new vocabulary of old words, an old vocabulary of words whose significance has not yet been fulfilled, and here I shall attempt to develop it: dawn, impossible, tree, window, dream, old words whose active future has not yet been touched upon, let alone exhausted. 

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The Urban Imperative

Posted by achresis on June 9, 2006

It is not possible to date the onset nor to fully chart the emergence of modern urbanism–and anyway the desire to do so would not be separable from it. The sense of "not wanting to hear about it" through thin walls would be a cipher to this emergence. And the two sides of the sentence, divided by a syntax that remains impossibly obscure, never quite meet up: "I don't want to hear about it." While talking about not wanting to hear about it I can't help speaking about it, the thing itself, the neighbours I don't know, and who don't know me, but who talk about me, it, anyway.

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Tree of the Day

Posted by achresis on June 9, 2006

Bonte6

Originally uploaded by khora.

The urban fascination with what the pavement exhibits comes into relief in the meticulous operations of collage that constitute Max Ernst's novels. The remnants of the cheap woodcuts are made resplendent in illustration of stories never dreamed of let alone written.

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Tree of the Day

Posted by achresis on June 5, 2006



einsteinclock

Originally uploaded by khora.

Today we celebrate the great German Oak from which Einstein’s Grandfather clock was made.

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Dead Boy’s Poem

Posted by achresis on June 5, 2006

But sometimes I am like the tree that stands

Over a grave, a leafy ttree, fully grown,

Who has lived out that particular dream, that the dead boy

(around whom its warm roots are pressing)

lost through his sad moods and his poems.

(Rilke).

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