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 http://merleau.jp/whatsE.html

Place Making > Placing Self

Heidegger’s Hutte, Todtnauberg, Black Forest, Germany

“…place is that open, cleared yet unbounded region in which we find ourselves gathered together with other persons and things, and which we are opened to the world and the world to us. It is out of this place that space and time both emerge, and yet the place at issue here also has a dynamic character of its own – it is not merely the static appearance of a viewed locale or landscape, but it is rather a unifying, gathering, regioning – place is, in this sense, always a “taking place, a “happening” of place.”

Malpas, Jeff, Heidegger’s Topology, Being, Place, World, Massachussets Institute of Technology, 2008, Chapter 5 Place and Event pp.221. Image reproduced from http://faslanyc.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/landscape-delicatessen.html

“In which the patagrapher regains his rights”


© Denise Startin

” In the heart of the night shines the anti-glimmer – the powerful sea of all waves – of all life the sea is strong – the shadow gleams the night eats fear – the well of truth has no way out – the sea gleams with no glimmer – under the night upon the night oh clang – oh clang declang degong and boom – and clamour oh word

here we are total

inscribed in the fearless heart of the night of the flesh – and in the veins and in the nerves – of all the beasts our mothers our sisters – in the forests of our thoughts – inscribed but in living fire – eternal instantaneous – fire you tell yourself – fire you tell me – all is said but eternally


René Daumal, Pataphysical Essays, Trans. Thomas Vosteen (Cambridge, Massachusetts, Wakefield Press, 2012), p.58-59

“I am large, I contain multitudes” Walt Whitman

Loïe Fuller, Le Dans du Lys, ca.1902. Photo: W.Isaiah Taber

“In relation to Loïe Fuller insofar as she spreads round about, with veils attached her person by the action of dance, everything has been said in articles, at times in poems. Exercise as invention, without employ, admits of an artistic rapture and at the same time an industrial accomplishment.

In the terrific bath of fabrics there swoons, radiant, cold, the dancer who illustrates many a giratory theme in which a distant fulsome woof tautens, giant petal and butterfly, unfurling all in a clear-cut and elementary order.

Her fusion with swift nuances shedding their hydroxic fantasmagoria of twilight and of grotto, such rapidities of passions, delight, mourning, ire: to move them, prismatic, with violence or diluted, the dizziness is needed of a soul like an airing of artifice. That a woman may associate the flying off of vestments with dance, potent or vast, to the point of sustaining them, infinitely as her expansion. The Lesson depends on this spiritual effect.”

Text Stéphane Mallarmé, National Observer, 1893 quoted from Art and Utopia, Restricted Action, pp.86


Jasper Johns, Book 1957, Encaustic on book and wood

Jasper Johns, Book 1957, Encaustic on book and wood

“The book’s obviousness, its palpable presence, is thus such that we have to say that it exists and is present since without it nothing could ever be present, and yet that it never quite conforms to the conditions of real existence.” Maurice Blanchot

Text reproduced from A Survey of materiality in Literature by James Stuart, for the rest of the article click here

Image reproduced from The disappearance of objects: New York art and the rise of the postmodern city