Working On It

Uncovering Mythologies


by Bobus


Egon Schiele
Dead Mother I
c. 1910


Francis Schanberger

Two Leaves (secret hiding place), 2013

Platinum / Palladium Print on Tosa Wachi paper

On the eve of the war, Bataille advocated the formation of a “secret society” capable of empowering myths anew in order to rescue “total existence” from empty fragmentation…On Nietzsche was Bataille’s renewed attempt to forge a community of solitaries “tragically engaged in their secret debates.” But this community had a price: Nietzsche was sacrificed to Bataille’s own will to nothingness.
Nietzsche, though, has the last word: “Man,” he said, “would sooner have the void for his purpose than be void of purpose…”
— 出典:

Sylvere Lotringer, Furiously Nietzschean an introduction to Bataille’s On Nietzsche (via tiredshoes)

I just read this yesterday, and am continuing the book as we speak!


Paintings by Hilma af Klint (1862-1944)

Five years before Wassily Kandinsky (he of the book Concerning the Spiritual In Art, 1910), before Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich, before the images of Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner—who dismissed her ideas as wrong—was this revolutionary artist and abstractionist, Hilma af Klint, possibly the first purely abstract painter to produced non-objective works in the early 1900s.

Hilma af Klint was influenced by contemporary spiritual movements, such as spiritism, theosophy and, later, anthroposophy. Her oeuvre builds on the awareness of a spiritual dimension of consciousness, an aspect that was being marginalised in an increasingly materialistic world. When she painted, she believed that a higher consciousness was speaking through her. In her astonishing works she combines geometric shapes and symbols with ornamentation. Her multifaceted imagery strives to give insights into the different dimensions of existence, where microcosm and macrocosm reflect one another.

©K.rine Burckel 2011 with Laetitia F

(Source: k-rineburckel)

‘chosen people’ has nothing to do with a belief in superiority. […] The Jews were a people like any other, no more and no less corrupted, living their ordinary life - when suddenly, like a traumatic flash, they came to know that the Other had chosen them (through Moses).

What does God really want from them? The answer is impossible and prohibited at the same time. This strange god is […] the unbearable point of the desire of the Other, of […] the void in the Other concealed by the fascinating presence of the Holy.

Jews persist in this enigma of the Other’s desire […] which provokes […] anxiety insofar as it cannot be symbolized, gentrified, through sacrifice or loving devotion.
— 出典: Slavoj Zizek (via alterities)

White Northern Lights in Finland

(Source: mydarkenedeyes)

This is what is […] at work in consistent Christianity: I have to confront the terror of the big Other’s non-existence, which means that I myself am deprived of my symbolic identity - as a barred subject, I am no one’s and nameless.
God is nothing but the lack in the symbolic order (big Other). This nothing - whose stand-in (or place-holder) is objet a - is the focus of love, or, as Simone Weil put it: “Where there is nothing, read that I love you.”
— 出典: Zizek on a God who is freed of being the big Other (via alterities)


Creepmachine, Yang Xueguo

Giger and Beksinski influences! So beautiful.


Waiting for the end of the World, Lori Nix