Nothing passes…

Killing Time © Denise Startin

“Nothing that happened ever passed out of reality: all was still in existence, every image, every voice, all occurrences, filed away as it were on cosmic film if you like to call it that, so long as you understood that it was in no way a representation, but rather actual and eternal, its temporal divisions being merely a human argument. That was to say, Time though often seemingly important, inconvenient, even dangerous, was not ultimately serious. Realization could only be approximated in language, talked about but not experienced […]

[She] had understood this from the first. Though normally loquacious enough – [he] loved to hear her bright chatter – when they were Realizing together she silently took her cue from him. This sympathy had been essential to his efforts. Never before and not since had [he] approached so closely to an Absolute Realization: the first AR, which would be known in the records as AR1, for this was a science and [he] knew he was forever the forerunner, a kind of Archimedes of the great Realizers to come.”

Killing Time, Thomas Berger, 1976:pp65


The Anxiety of Influence


“The important thing is never to let oneself be guided by the opinion of one’s contemporaries; to continue steadfastly on one’s way without letting oneself be either defeated by failure or diverted by applause.” Gustav Mahler


Coronia © Denise Startin

“VI A few examples: A sailor of antiquity in his boat, enjoying himself and appreciating the comfortable creations. Ancient art represents the subject accordingly. And now: the experiences of modern man, walking across the deck of a steamer: 1. his own movement, 2. the movement of the ship which could be in the opposite direction, 3. the direction and speed of the current, 4. the rotation of the earth, 5. Its orbit, and 6. The orbits of the stars and the satellites around it.

The result: an organization of movements within the cosmos centred on the man on the steamer.”

Extract from Paul Klee “Creative Credo 1920” quoted in Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book by Artists and Critics, Herschel Browning Chip, Peter Howard Selz, pp.186

Holism, content and self


“[T]here must be, then, corresponding to the open unity of the world, an open and indefinite unity of subjectivity. Like the world’s unity, that of the I is invoked rather than experienced each time I perform an act of perception, each time I reach a self-evident truth, and the universal I is the background against which these effulgent forms stand out: it is through one present thought that I achieve the unity of all my thoughts…The primary truth is indeed ‘I think’, but only provided that we understand thereby ‘I belong to myself’ while belonging to the world.”

Text reproduced from Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Phenomenology of Perception, quoted in Place and Experience, A Philosophical Topography, J Malpas, Cambridge University Press, 1999:pp.72. Image reproduced from