BY MARTA LISOK

“Content is a glimpse”, Willem de Kooning said in one of his interviews. “It is very tiny, very very small”.

Suzanne Sontag refers to Kooning in her famous essay titled ‘Against Interpretation’, where she proposes that art shall never regain the innocence it had before the time of making great theories, when it did not have to explain anything, being part of rituals and rites. Delving under the text and the gesture of interpretation, in a form where content is set aside in favour of covert contents, Sontag recognises as pointless and suffocating. Weiterlesen

BY DAN MIHALTIANU

„To be radical is to go to the root of the matter. For the artist, however, the root is the artist himself“. 

Kandy Marxhol: Critique of Philosophy of Art from A to B

Intelligentsia – Priviligentsia – Emergentsia

Even if, theoretically, they seem to represent diverging interest and functions, the Intelligentsia and the Priviligentsia are the two components of the cultural and political elite that continually flirt with each other in Socialist Society. The former plays the part of „social critic“, obviously within the very narrow limits, legal or illegal, imposed by the system, while the latter plays the part of the guardian, manager and beneficiary of the established régime. The Intelligentsia played a certain role in the implementation of Communism, however, after the consolidation of the regime it could only play the part of illustrator or analyst of socialist reality, which it did with a wide range of attitudes, from emulation to servility and even daring „constructive criticism“ or „cultural resistance“, dissidence being extremely rare and rather singular. Weiterlesen

BY GRZEGORZ SZTABIŃSKI

When someone says: „”Where are you going from here, or where are you going to”, I say: “And where do you wish to go? There is nowhere to go…” [1]

The situation that can be seen at present in various fields of community life is one I describe as post-crisis. The multiplying of crises is characteristic in this context. The impression of their great number is magnified by a postmodern blurring of spatial divisions and time vectors. Weiterlesen

VON REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT

Die Urbanisierung in Deutschland, also die Bedeutung der Kernstadt als Lebensraum, hat in den vergangenen Jahren weiter zugenommen.[1] Die wohlhabenden Nationen Nordamerikas, Europas, Australien, Ozeaniens, Japans, die noch bis zum Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts ländlich strukturiert waren, weisen heute eine städtische Bevölkerung von 72 – 95 % auf.[2] Die Stadt bietet Raum für unterschiedliche Lebensentwürfe und berufliche Perspektiven. Weiterlesen

BY ŁUKASZ BIAŁKOWSKI

A match can be won, lost, or tied  Kazimierz Górski

The unforgettable coach of the Polish national football team was known for a peculiar sense of humor. His tautological bon mots, such as the one above or the claim that “the ball is round and there are two goals, either we win, or they”, are repeated even today. They arouse amusement with their majestic tone. They sound like quotes from Montaigne, Pascal, or other philosophers. This style adopted by Górski, to give a rank of philosophical maxims to the obvious statements, was an ironic tweak of the nose at tacticians, strategists, commentators, sports journalists, and all those who like to talk too much about sport. Górski wanted to suggest that there is no sense in talking too much about sport, that rules of game are simple and apart from them there are only: rivalry, skills, and a stroke of luck. Weiterlesen

BY SŁAWOMIR BRZOSKA

The knot of all time has turned to dust (Hamlet)

Missionaries reached a certain African village. They were allowed to stay longer and observed the daily rituals and customs of their hosts; in the end persuaded the tribe elder to reorganize the settlement, which was meant to make life easier and more effective for its inhabitants. In their arrogance, ignoring the established order of the sacred space, they have at the same time completely destroyed their initial cosmology. This was in essence for centuries a cultivated model of the village with its subdivisions and respectively placed elements: the boundaries of sacrum and profanum, dwellings, plants, places where animals were kept etc. In effect, the members of this archaic community lost their so-called centre, became lost in the new reality. Then it was a great deal easier to persuade them to cast off their former beliefs and accept an entirely foreign religion. Weiterlesen