Archives for the Date February 20th, 2019

Flame & Water

figurationedellinvisible:

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– It looks very old! What is it?

– “Flame and water pots,” Japan, Jomon period, about 5000 years old. Pottery is some of the original crafts, the first arts. And even there, we are not content to make something merely functional—oh no! We must decorate, differentiate, and even imbue the pots with symbolic meanings :) Like it’s intrinsic, part of the very fiber of our being, inextricable from being human.

– It is very true. Just the functionality of the object is not enough; the decorative, the added value, what sets it apart from the rest; that is sometimes more important than the function of the object. Is that what you mean?

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– Exactly! You just went full existentialist there! 

– Hahaha you take me to that!

– We must return to the earliest forms, and observe the changes carefully, only then can we see the scope of art, of its role in our history, our humanity.

edwardslovelyelizabeth:Anne Hathaway photographed by Mert Alas…

edwardslovelyelizabeth:Anne Hathaway photographed by Mert Alas for Interview Magazine (2011)

metaphorformetaphor: “If there were such a thing as a telescope that could be trained on the past,…

metaphorformetaphor:

“If there were such a thing as a telescope that could be trained on the past, I could have said: Look, that’s us, let’s find out what really happened. And every time we began to doubt whether what I remember is true or what you remember is true or whether what happened really happened, or whether we even existed, we could have stood side by side and looked into the telescope together.”

Linn Ullmann, from Unquiet

(W. W. Norton Company, 2019; first published 2015)

thesoundofmusic1965: Lorde, “Hard Feelings” // Anne Sexton, A…

thesoundofmusic1965:

Lorde, “Hard Feelings” // Anne Sexton, A Self-Portrait in Letters // Jenny Holzer, It is in your self-interest to find a way to be very tender from the “Survival” series // Alejandra Pizarnik, Extracting the Stone of Madness // Theodor W. Adorno, Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life // Éphraïm Mikhaël, The Priest

myrnaloy: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

myrnaloy:
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

曰、 無傷也。是乃仁術也。見牛未見羊也。君子之於禽獸也、見其生、不忍見其死。聞其聲、不忍食其肉。是以君子遠庖廚也。Mencius said: “You have not done wrong….

曰、 無傷也。是乃仁術也。見牛未見羊也。君子之於禽獸也、見其生、不忍見其死。聞其聲、不忍食其肉。是以君子遠庖廚也。

Mencius said: “You have not done wrong. What you did was an act of humaneness. You saw the ox, but had not seen the sheep. When it comes to animals, if the Noble Man has seen them while alive, he cannot stand to watch them die. If he hears their screams, he cannot stand to eat their meat. Therefore he stays away from the kitchen.”

Mencius, 1A:7. King Xuan of Qi,

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