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It seems to me art is more fruitfully analyzed if approached as a dialogue rather than a history. The answer can only be found in intimacy, hence it is not the artwork itself which is of interest but my relation and responsibility to others, as well as to the world we have arisen from and will recede back into. At root we are seeking something, hell BARING something deeply personal whenever we view a work of art. From this point of view a bit of dangling string is often far more profound than anything by Michelangelo.

On a more practical level, the focus of this blog is directed somewhat outward, while here and here i attempt more intimate reflections, and elsewhere i reflect upon the world.

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  1. Laura Lamb permalink
    December 14, 2008 3:57 pm

    Discovered your blog on the way to something else, and have been enjoying it immensely! The Bartas video brought tears. Yes, I am an incorrigible romantic. Really liked the Bacon interview, and much more.

  2. December 14, 2008 7:27 pm

    Thank you Laura, always nice to hear a kind word or two. I can`t recommend Bartas` films enough, i have only recently discovered his work and, though silent or nearly so, he surveys an emotional terrain with far more impact and insight than most. I`m also glad to hear the interviews are being received well, in the coming days i will post some other interesting dialogues and documentaries i`ve come across.

  3. December 20, 2008 3:20 pm

    A blog with AIR. Good air.
    Thank you. I look forward to reading more!

  4. January 23, 2009 7:09 pm

    I can’t believe that I have been reading antonia’s blog for a year now, and I haven’t discovered you until recently. since then, I have come here many times but I have hesitated to speak, because what you do here is so overwhelming. Not only the idea as such, but also the way you weave all the fragments together, the pictures… I hope you don’t mind me asking, do you plan to make a book out of this? because you should, you really should. I was thinking some time ago how to explain a friend why I had gradually come to enjoy japanese novels more than our great modern novels, with their monumental attempt at describing the world exhaustively, that longing for totality which is indeed a heritage of the romantic quest of the absolute. and then I stumbled across your words “from this point of view a bit of dangling string is often far more profound than anything by Michelangelo” and it suddenly made sense.
    I am totally drawn to your pictures and words on the other blog that you have. Perhaps because they are so much different than what I do, many times even the opposite. you have a gift for condensed and paradoxical expression reminding me yet again of japan, a kind of subtle zen tension playing out not only in the text but between the text and the image too. (I would also ask if this is just a mere coincidence, a casual affinity or you really have a philosophical/religious interest for zen).

    I am still haunted by this: people rarely came to visit.

    so in an attempt to gain insight into what it would be like to be a guest,
    he decided to spend some time in his spare room.

    now it is doubtful that he will bother to come back himself.

    and that piece of pillow mirroring the somewhat absurd power socket.

    and I wanted to say many more things, but I think I will just thank you for sharing all this richness with us. for now.

  5. October 5, 2009 5:10 pm

    A truly wonderful website. Not just a great distraction, but a valuable resource.

  6. October 5, 2009 5:14 pm

    thanks Rhys, i feel the same about your great blog.

  7. March 19, 2010 4:52 pm

    It seems very interesting site.
    though, I still haven’t figured out the structure,
    or even I hadn’t found who is writing / videoing /
    ( may be need to read all of them ? )
    (PS; Please have look my Art (?) kind in my blog)

  8. December 13, 2010 6:31 am

    I just found your blog and read through with great interest. I am an artist in the middle of a project (and companion blog) about dialogue, as I interview older women on their ideas of beauty as they age. I agree that art should be about intimacy and also subsequent responsibility.

  9. December 13, 2010 11:58 am

    thanks for dropping by Julia, and kindly going to the trouble of leaving a comment in camaraderie. i just checked out your websites and that appears to be an interesting and worthwhile project you are working on.

  10. December 13, 2010 6:15 pm

    I’ve been reading your translations of Michel Henry’s texts. Can you tell me if it is possible to find the original texts (in French) on the internet? I am particularly interested in his ideas on art and Kandinsky’s work. Thank you. Shan

  11. December 13, 2010 6:38 pm

    thanks for your inquiry, Shan. i sent you a link, and updated this post with my translations of Henry to include the link leading to several of the original French texts.

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