About life on the land,

& about a woman finding her way in middle age I go to philosophy for wisdom. I go to my library of skimmed-through books for a new and more thorough understanding of the world and my own (hypothetical) place within it. And sometimes, when reading the best, that is; when reading a thinker who can write like a…

What is Contemplation?

Contemplating Thomas Merton, contemplating contemplation: Nothing could be more alien to contemplation than the cogito ergo sum of Descartes. “I think, therefore I am.” This is the declaration of an alienated being, in exile from his own spiritual depths, compelled to seek some comfort in a proof for his own existence (!) based on the observation that he “thinks.”…

The Geology of Norway:

I’m still reading Zwicky. There are no words to describe how heartbreakingly beautiful her poetry is, but here is an excerpt from The Geology of Norway, just to give you an idea – a sense of her voice: . The afternoon blue light in the fjord. Did I tell you I can understand the villagers? Being, I have…

Taking life seriously

Ellen Dissanayake (cont.): Ellen Dissanayake synthesize knowledge from a variety of fields – including anthropology, developmental and cognitive psychology, ethnology, and philosophy. In her essay If “Great” Art is Dead …”, Matthew Arnold is an important source of inspiration. Arnold writes: Culture is the pursuit of total perfection by means of getting to know the best…

looking down into heaven

– apropos art’s potential to heal Is it a banal idea to believe art can have healing qualities? Adrian Searle and lots of nameless online commentators seems to believe so. Wolfgang Laib on the other hand, original educated as a medical doctor, has a different kind of view. Laib understands art as possessing a spiritual healing function…

eyes wide open

You know by now that I’m not planning a thorough theoretical study of beauty, my intention is rather to take a stroll into the maze – hoping for a glimpse of beauty, expecting nothing. I’m a vagabond, preferring to get lost.  But, obviously, my way might not be the only way … (!), there is…

Why Beauty Matters

the search for beauty, cont. I think we are loosing beauty, and there is a danger that with it, we will loose the meaning of life. In this post I will present you for Roger Scruton’s view on beauty. It is not because I agree with what he says, but because he is one of…

… art as therapy?!

What is art for? It’s a difficult question, a question we tend to ignore in the sphere of contemporary art and theory. We, the establishment, find it rather naïve to ask such a blunt question. We are sometimes very unsure of ourselves as artist (why am I doing this? Am I good enough?? etc.), but…

a deeper level of experience –

I do not know how this happened; but suddenly, in the midst of reading about Yoko Ono, I remembered something I have read years ago in the The Birth of Tragedy. It has to do with art and life. Edvard Munch, Friedrich Nietzsche (1906) For Nietzsche, art is not just a form of human activity but is…

Cultures with richer vocabularies are more fully human —

Old Chestnuts re-blogged from Time’s Flow Stemmed Richard Rorty (1931–2007) The Fire of Life BY RICHARD RORTY In an essay called “Pragmatism and Romanticism” I tried to restate the argument of Shelley’s “Defense of Poetry.” At the heart of Romanticism, I said, was the claim that reason can only follow paths that the imagination has first broken….