EJN Remembrance #9: Ebenso endlos

Edward G. Nilges, “State of Portrait of Edward Joseph Nilges as of 12 Sep 2010 5:02 PM”, acrylic on oval canvas 16×20 cm

Edward G. Nilges, “Midtone study for Portrait of Edward Joseph Nilges, Anima Cortese”, photo of painting modified using Gimp and Microsoft Office Picture Manager, 12 Sep 2010

Wie auch beim Tod die Welt sich nicht ändert, sondern aufhört.

Der Tod ist kein Ereignis des Lebens. Den Tod erlebt man nicht.

Wenn man unter Ewigkeit nicht unendliche Zeitdauer, sondern Unzeitlichkeit versteht, dann lebt der ewig, der in der Gegenwart lebt.

Unser Leben ist ebenso endlos, wie unser Gesichtsfeld grenzenlos ist.

So too at death the world does not alter, but comes to an end.

Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death.

If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.

Our life is endless in the way that our visual field is without limit.

Ludwig Wittgenstein: Tractatus Logico Philosophicus 6.431

The world was about to end. At the crack of dawn, with the sky still grey and not yet really light, I found myself with a large crowd on a kind of ramp, with hills on the horizon. Everyone stared at the sky. Still half dreaming, I asked whether the world would “really” come to an end now. People confirmed that this was so, talking just as people talk who are technically in the know; they were all experts. In the sky three huge, menacing stars could be seen; they formed an isosceles triangle. They were due to collide with earth shortly after 11 AM. Then a loudspeaker announced that at 8:20 AM Werner Heisenberg would speak once again. I thought that it couldn’t be him acting as commentator on the end of the world. It could only be the repetition of a tape recorder that had often been played. I awoke with the feeling that, if the world were really to come to an end, this is how it would happen.

TW Adorno, Dream Note, Frankfurt, Dec 1956

The “ink wash” (actually Mars Black) is complete. It has revealed that “Mount Folgorito” (the mountain which was taken by the 442 Regimental Combat Team and the folds at the top of the garrison cap) can be mostly in shadow, and there is a complex Cubist play of light on the face coming from a naked overhead bulb in a bunker.

The nose casts a large shadow.

The greyish rose drawing again uses Gimp to simulate drawing on a midtone ground in the manner of the Old Bastards.

Note to self. Get the military color of the uniform right and don’t be beguiled by the fascination of its folds. Edward J. was probably fairly spit and polish even in the field. There are nonetheless complex planes.

La manière manifique consiste en quatre choses, dans la matière, l’idée, la structure, le style.

Nicholas Poussin, “Remarques de Poussin sur la Peinture”, Textes Réunis and présentés par Anthony Blunt

Cinema newsreel: the invasion of the Marianas, including Guam…Satanically, indeed, more initiative is in a sense demanded here than in old style war: it seems to cost the subject his whole energy to achieve subjectlessness. Consummate inhumanity is the realization of Sir Edward Grey’s humane dream, war without hatred.

TW Adorno, “Out of the Firing-Line”, Autumn 1944


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