Artist's Talk by Susan
||an abstract timeless
structure. This duality was more or less accepted by enough philosophers at the time. The
question they all trained their minds on was the understanding of what governed this
oscillation between order and disorder.
This little old Dutchman, in his thin sharp
voice, began to pick apart all the arguments of the preceding papers. He accused them all
of idealism. Each one had relied in their arguments on some essential principle that binds
the two moments together. I can remember he called them `cowardly'. With a broad sweep of
his arm, he made the bold statement --and I found an old copy of the paper to quote from
If I were to adjust my measure to the limits of current phenomenological thought, I
would say that there was no philosophical link at all between order and disorder.
It is not philosophy that stands at the gates which separate them. It is not philosophy
with some godlike knowledge that governs the alternation between disintegration and
restoration. We forget that god died sometime late in the nineteenth-century. So who
stands at the gates? Well, nothing more or less than ourselves -- ordinary mortals, making
decisions, procrastinating, misjudging. It's time to pronounce philosophy dead before
rigor mortis sets in and we're left waiting for Godot.
|I lost a page at
this point. I remember, it was a real nightmare. At least I found the Teichen quote. I
still get goosebumps reading it.