"No awakened conscience and no heroic materialism. No Nietzsche, no Marx, no Freud. Just a group of ordinary human beings enjoying themselves."
By Frank O'Hara
When I was a child I played by myself in a corner of the schoolyard all alone. I hated dolls and I hated games, animals were not friendly and birds flew away. If anyone was looking for me I hid behind a tree and cried out "I am an orphan." And here I am, the center of all beauty! writing these poems! Imagine!
By Thomas Tranströmer.
I inherited a dark wood where I seldom go. But a day will come when the dead and the living trade places. The wood will be set in motion. We are not without hope. The most serious crimes will remain unsolved in spite of the efforts of many policemen. In the same way there is somewhere in our lives a great unsolved love. I inherited a dark wood, but today I’m walking in the other wood, the light one. All the living creatures that sing, wriggle, wag, and crawl! It’s spring and the air is very strong. I have graduated from the university of oblivion and am as empty-handed as the shirt on the clothesline.
Translated by Robin Fulton
Even the surrogate for the big Other, the divine monosphere – nationalist or internationalist totalitarianisms – have more or less dissolved. In order to describe the present situation, I propose the metaphor of foam, a term which in its own polyvalent nature expresses very well the multi-cellular composition of the big, rather amorphous structures that correspond to the populated landscapes of our era, and especially to the urban conglomerations that are like veritable foams composed of individualistic cells, compositions formed by collective centers. I should underline that for me, the collective center as such is the atom of the social foam.
Peter Sloterdijk, Jean-Christophe Royoux in conversation with Peter Sloterdijk, Foreword to the Theory of Spheres, in Cosmograms, ed. Melik Ohanian and Jean-Christophe Royoux, New York and Berlin: Lukas and Sternberg, 2005. 236.
CIVILIZATION: MONUMENTAL MATERIALISM
July 15-July 21, 2013
Kolbeinn Hugi Hoskuldsson
Anna Hrund Masdottir
Ragnar Helgi Olafsson
Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir
Kristin Anna Valtysdottir