Essays

Pierrick Senelaer, editor of Art Pie, a blog on modern and street art encounters and our media sponsor, has invited me to contribute articles on issues related to This ‘Me’ of Mine.  It is a wonderful opportunity to explore some of the philosophical issues underlying the project.  Here is the growing list of essays for easy reference.


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21 October 2013

THE UNNAMABLE

“I call this point the unnameable of the situation. It is what, within the situation, never has a name in the eyes of truth. A term that consequently remains unforceable. This term fixes the limit of the potency of a truth. The unnambeable is what is excluded from having a proper name, and what is alone in such exclusion. The unnameable is then the proper of the proper, so singular in its singularity that it does not even tolerate having a proper name. The unnameable is the point where the situation in its most intimate being is submitted to thought; in the pure presence that no knowledge can circumscribe. The unnameable is something like the inexpressible real of everything a truth authorizes to be said.”

Alain Badiou

20 August 2013

THE MEMORY INDUSTRY

“…to deliver the aesthetic capacity to construct memory images to the voracious demands of an apparatus that entirely lacks the ability to remember and to reflect historically, and to do so in the form of resuscitated myth, is an almost guaranteed route to success in the present art world, especially with its newly added wing of “the memory industry”.

Benjamin Buchloh

26 June 2013

INTERNAL OBJECTS AND THE OBJECTIFIED SELF

“Lacan revises and enriches the myth of Narcissus, so passionately in love with his image that he plunges into the water and is drowned.”

Maurice Merleau-Ponty

The mirror holds peril. Revealing truths unwanted or enticing the loss of the self to an objectified world. The creation of our self-identity begins with how we respond to our image in the mirror in infancy. We either recognize the ‘other’ and begin the process of socialization or we retreat to find the maternal object and become locked in the death wish.

27 Apr 2013

REIFIED PEOPLE

“Reified people proudly display the proofs of their intimacy with the commodity. Like the old religious fetishism, with its convulsionary raptures and miraculous cures, the fetishism of commodities generates its own moments of fervent exaltation. All this is useful for only one purpose: producing habitual submission.”

Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, p.33

My first question was what exactly is a ‘reified person’?

25 Mar 2013

SOCIAL ORGANISATION OF APPEARANCES

“The concept of ‘the spectacle’ interrelates and explains a wide range of seemingly unconnected phenomena. The apparent diversities and contrasts of the phenomena stem from the social organisation of appearances, whose essential nature must itself be recognised. Considered in its own terms, the spectacle is an affirmation of appearances and an identification of all human social life with appearances. But a critique that grasps the spectacle’s essential character reveals it to be a visible negation of life – a negation that has taken on a visible form.”

Guy Debord from Society of the Spectacle

11 Feb 2013

THE SPARROW, THE PEARL AND THE IRIDESCENT GIRL

There once was a girl, some said she was blue, some said pink, but the sparrow outside her window knew. She was iridescent…Sometimes the pearl hid and would not come out, sometimes she laid bare her beautiful pearly skin and shone with exhilarating force, this made the iridescent girl come to her window and the sparrow would see her shimmering colour.

23 Jan 2013

COMPOSSIBLE WORLDS

Simply put, at the centre of each ‘world’, which is each of us, is collected a series of things (perceptions, object, memories, experiences etc.) which expands in all directions colliding and mingling with other worlds, (everyone else). This mingling is compossibility and we are fast becoming experts in it without really realising it.

15 Dec 2012

VALUE WHICH IS OF VALUE

Whichever way we look at it, occurrence and existence is accidental. The beauty and simplicity of Wittgenstein’s statement sweeps away the clutter of chance and places value squarely in purpose.

2 Nov 2012

THE PROBLEMS OF LANGUAGE

“In the language of everyday life it very often happens that the same word signifies in two different ways – and therefore belongs to two different symbols – or that two words, which signify in different ways, are apparently applied in the same way in a proposition [a statement]…[t]hus there easily arise the most fundamental confusions.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein

1 Oct 2012

MESSAGE IN THE CODE

We are surrounded by coded communications.  The artists of This ‘Me’ of Mine present an interesting insight into the difference gender makes to interacting with these coded communications.  Curiously, I became aware of this difference by posting snippets, sometimes almost cryptic messages, from some of the artists’ bios on Twitter.

27 August 2012

STRUGGLE IN THE MOMENT OF DIFFERENCE

I recently interviewed London artist Shireen Qureshi for This ‘Me’ of Mine.  Her ‘Untitled Nude’ is a compelling expression of the struggle in the violence of existence; of being flesh and bone.  We discussed an interesting point of the Deleuzian ‘event’…

29 July 2012

THE UNIVERSAL STRUGGLE TO SELF-IDENTIFY: THIS ‘ME’ OF MINE

“But it may be that without meaning there is only space, so in a sense I make my paintings by accident, but knowingly so.  The central space created by painting ‘at the periphery’ has a tension that is constantly pregnant with possibility.”

David Minton

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