Contemporary aesthetic fashion holds that there are only surfaces and social relationships.
Sure. It is only humans who are mesmerized like that. That illusion is, so to speak, our signature. If you see that illusion popping up, then it’s safe to say:
A Human Was Here!
The world itself is dark.
To illustrate this point, here is a line up of young male humans waiting to go inside a mirrored box of light in early morning Reykjavik at the end of April, brought to you as an image of oh-so-human light.
Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik
And here is a glimpse of some extra bits …
… and closer …
Leftovers from Constructing the Harpa
See? Any way you shake it, it’s just light. Well, no. Look again.
When it is said that this is all surface, it’s the same as saying it is all a series of social relationships and the same as saying this:
Because humans have developed a series of sciences based upon separating the human experience of the earth into components such as energy, light, mechanics, chemistry, the theories of social science, the workshop practices of creative writing and the gallery practices of art, and when they train themselves in them, it is what they see.
The earth, and human relationships to it, are something else. It is good to remember that there is a third way. Let’s call it: The Sculptural Way. It works on the principle that what humans make are representations of bodies — their bodies. This, for instance, is a starling in its real life, but now it’s a representation of a human body, too:
So is this:
So is this:
And this …
Aka: a human body.
Anything else is just a social interpretation. You can make that interpretation. You can even live within it and carve out social space there and its social-spatial-representations-of-the-human-body, but you will never shake off the dark. It will chase you to the end of the earth, unless you stop and call it by your own name.
The bench and the derelict houses are you, too — and are at the same time not you.
That is not a social relationship, and it is not an illusion. No creative writing workshop or social intervention can help you with that, Earth Creature. Will you go there into the dark, or will you turn away into the dazzling light? Here, let me try to shape the body of this piece with one more level of clarity:
Image of Icelandic Goose in April
This is not darkness or light. It is closer to a sculpture in time.
This is not time or space.
Words are just tools. Handle them with care. They will change you. Sometimes they will even take your place.
Fortunately, you can still find yourself there.