Archive for April, 2009

Markus Stegmann: wer

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Berge derer gepunktete

Paletten schaltete rückwärtige

Ansicht sprachlich schauen auferstand


welche Hand fasste deinen Hals


die rückwärtige

temperierte nicht zu volle



wer ausser dir versah sieh

dieses Meer

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Nils Röller: Jabès compass

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Freedom: a flint stone in the desert sand, a flint stone on board a sinking ship. Flint stone, threshold, book, desert are words used by Jabès that allow actions and forms of movement in the tension between the power and the impotence of man and God to appear. Ship, whirl, sling, clock, machine – words used by Descartes to evoke images in an attempt to convince. They help the structure, and plead for an understanding of the congruity, the machinery of Descartes’ principles.

Nils Röller: Jabès compass – Light and Justice

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

The dispersion of natural light and shadow follows the rhythm of the year. It repeats itself. The vast spread of artificial light offers an opportunity to reshape the light and shadow of our awareness of the law. For instance:

Justice must always be re-invented, sought and found. The more people there are, the more frequent and necessary is the search for justice. Each individual breaks and absorbs light differently, reflects it in his own way. Natural light, artificial light, as well as the light of others. Sources of artificial light cast shadows.

What kind of justice would we have if derived from artificial sources? Arithmetic and geometry were long considered art. Descartes suggests categorising them as sciences and differentiating them from the arts. In Descartes’ time, poetry was an art. It is still an art today. Can poetry serve as a source of justice? It can at the very least sharpen perception and draw attention to injustice.

Nils Röller: Jabès compass – Song

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Brighten or darken life through song or poetry? At least not silently gamble away this possibility, or the thought of this possibility.

“The graves are returning
spread out in the green tetro
of the ultimate obscurity
in the troubled green
of the first clarity” (Ungaretti)

Nils Röller: Jabès compass – Subversion

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Subversion is not found in the simple reversal from light to shadow, from bright to dark, from feeling to knowledge. A subversive relationship with nature does not, therefore, start with the inversion of man and nature, but with a change in man himself. He does not conceive nature as something that he can subdue, nor as something that can subdue him, but as something on which he depends, as something that delights in his dependence and something that gives pleasure. People mutually exclude themselves from this pleasure, instead inflicting poverty, crime and terror on themselves.

In holding sway over other people and their natural needs, does the human being perceive chances of subversive behaviour? Perhaps he finds it once he starts playing with the symbols of his power.

God, nature: two pseudonyms of man, which demand of him that he define himself in subversive terms, as slave and master of his own relationships.

Nils Röller: Jabès compass – Subversion

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Infinite divisibility is one figure of thought, subversion another.

Nils Röller: Jabès Compass – Deceiving

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Descartes concludes that God may have no interest in deceiving people. Even if people consider the ability to deceive a “kind of argument for the power of the mind”, it does not speak for the claim that the Almighty is a deceiver. A God who deceives would be a weak God and that would contradict the very definition of God.

The philosopher and poet Jabès writes that God needs the human being: “God wastes man in God. Cruelty of Nothingness.” This God is “full of spite”.

Descartes develops his argument by bringing into doubt all that is known to exist. Doubt leads him to the clear and distinct realisation that he thinks, therefore he is. Descartes understands thought as “what happens in me such that I am immediately conscious of it, insofar as I am conscious of it.” Premising his argument on this knowledge, Descartes concludes that God is not a deceiver, and that it is possible to explain the material world, nature. In his writings, Descartes gradually allows principles to develop on the basis of a fundamental understanding; combining these principles with experience, he unfolds a universe that is comprehensible overall.

In his writings Jabès brings into doubt the possibility of writing a book. His books constitute a single book, a fragment of doubt. The sentences and chapters revolve around the relationship between the individual and a God who reveals himself to humans in a book. Writing, the word and the book are what bind the individual and God and what set them apart:

“God is both saved and undone by the book.”

The relationship between God and man is determined by the book, which spans a subversive relationship between God and man.

Nils Röller: Jabès compass

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

What style of writing, words and signs would nature use?

Nature presents itself as a something to be read.


Sampurna Chattarji: For Barbara Ellmerer

Monday, April 6th, 2009

“The birth of a word”

Ballet Butterfly Parachute singing out of the water
Vulva Sweet-Potato Sponge wondering about pain
Strawberry Sheathe Ball-Gown somewhere beauty seems possible
Penis Spring Onion in summers this hot how hard to think of spring
Hand Heel Leech Slipper Leaf bursting with the memory of blood
Submarine Gas-Mask Slug is survival possible?
Snail Syringe Tea-Bag go slow my heart drink deep
Dragon Ram Bird twist in the calligraphy of fire

More of Sampurna at: Eyewear

and a series of poems for example at: Journal for Art, Sex and Mathematics