Wednesday, February 28, 2007

"But water adds to this the dark mass of its own values; it carries off, but it does more: it purifies. Navigation delivers man to the uncertainty of fate, on water, each of us is in the hands of his own destiny; each embarkation is, potentially, the last. It is for the other world that the madman sets sail in his fools' boat; it is from the other world that he comes when he disembarks."

- Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization (p. 11)


Blogger Even In Blackouts said...

I always like the ideas of bringing water into a show. We talked about that last night in the workshop that Greg and I are teaching. Water has a way of representing calm and chaos simultaneously. Water as tears, water as a departure, water as an arrival, water as nature drowning its elements, floating them to safety, cleansing, ultimately dangerous and helpful. It's an element that can help to tie in madness with the representation of fools.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Even In Blackouts said...

This Foucault quote, when I first read it, struck a chord with the image of A Fool returns to his chair. A journey. Is his journey to a home? Was the chair taken away to another place, that the fool must seek? Can a task as simple as walking away from a chair and then returning be ultimately complicated straight into impossibility? It's the Journey, Anthony, the show IS the Journey.

12:10 PM  

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