The three figures on the cover reminds me of a person that is structured in life.
A person that is good in maths and can calculate a drawing.
M.C. Escher for example.
I’m the total opposite.
I just passed my maths exam with a 6,5 out of 10 and a lot of effort.
Some people are capable to make an other dimension with just a pencil, ruler and their knowledge.
Precision it what it takes and a huge focus.
The music of Nujabes a Japenese hiphop producer reminds me in the way of producing a whole other world.
His songs are for me a translation of certain feelings and atmospheres that we don’t even have a word for.
A lot of times people describe those moments as nostalgic.
But far away you know it’s something that you can’t describe.
Because there is no word existing for that feeling.
That’s why language always will have this barrier.
Rudolph Otto a German religious historian has a beautiful quote about the moment in history that people could provide their own food while none of the 3 monotheistic religions were there yet. The book which holds this quote is about the history of the three monotheistic religions.
quote: The symbolic stories, cave paintings and sculptures were a try out to express their amazement for the ubiquitous mystery and to connect it to their own lives. Nowadays poets, artists and musicians are driven by that same desire.
-'das heilige 1917'
For me that is the best explanation that I crossed awareness about what an artist is.
We try to translate fragments of the ubiquitous mystery that there is.
There will never be one work that will explain what the ubiquitous mystery is.
It can be the cliche question like why are we on this earth?
But for me the same mystery is that I can connect a song with a certain atmosphere for which there is not a word.
Such a translation of that atmosphere recognizable in a painting, sculpture or a song etc. is a mystery that doesn’t work for everyone.
So if you connect to and experience that certain feeling of recognition that is a fragment of that ubiquitous mystery.
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