HYPER-BABEL (english)

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I gaze at some of my dearest paintings and I cannot understand which part of me has created them. I seek human help, but every time I find myself gazing upward. There, in the blue expanse that we call “sky,” I continue to look for help as my predecessors did thousands of years ago, occasionally forgetting that it was they themselves who were in the sky. It is non-sense to say they did not know: they would simply forget, just as we forget nowadays to a much greater extent.

Some months ago while sketching some figures that extended towards the sky – figures like “tower,” “mountain,” “tree” or “phallus” – I started to feel like a devoted Sisyphus (Greek mythology- Sisyphus, king of Corinth, was punished by Zeus to suffer severely in the next world: Sisyphus was compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down and to repeat this throughout eternity) who ascends and descends all the time. And it so happened that I got the idea to write these pages, to rest for a little while, to meditate and find a possible balance of accounts between my own self up there and my own self down here. Once I was done, I read through my pages from the beginning to the end and I became fully convinced that in this world, the special knack of Sisyphus had just gotten started. I looked at myself in the mirror of the mind and I felt good that the mirror worked. With a quizzical glare my troubled self was looking back at me. I took then my pen to write a sort of preface for “him”, but all I managed was the following paragraph:

This writing conveys a life and an artistic experience, which debates with certain approaches of the postmodern philosophy of hyper-reality (Among the most famous theorists of “hyper-reality”: Jean Baudrillard, Umberto Eco, Albert Borgman.). The insinuations on the divine principle are not linked to any religion. It is much simpler: it is the conveying in a few words of the intuition of an artist who once overflowing with life among patricians and slaves on earth and under it, feels that the world is much bigger, much more ancient and much more modern.

 

Now the whole earth had one language and few words. And as men migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and bake them thoroughly in the sun.” And they had bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the earth. (Genesis – 11)

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