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Song of the philosopher 2. Mixed media on canvas, 1200 x 1200mm. R28 000

Song of the philosopher 2. Mixed media on canvas, 1200 x 1200mm. R28 000

Lied van die filosoof [Song of the philosopher/La chanson du philosophe] 2, 2023.

The transmutation of word to image is a dance in rhythm and time. The Greek philosopher Castoriadis[1] (1922-1997) talks about the romanticism of a horse galloping rhythmically into the unknown and he compares it to imaginative signification that knows no boundaries. This analogy is applicable to the visuals of sound waves that show rhythm, repetition and time. Listening to music can evoke different images different people. Musicologist Marianne Kielian-Gilbert[2] maintains that music is characterised by interactions of ‘textual’ voices, therefore a single interpretation is not possible during the process of listening to or performing music.  She refers to the feminists Hélène Cixous and Luce Irigaray who write about the potential of feminine language (l'écriture feminine). They point to the autonomy of the female voice as well as the specific nature of feminine writing.  For Kielian-Gilbert, Irigaray’s textualisation of woman is not concerned with a universalisation of woman or a gender issue, but with difference.



[1] Georges Didi-Huberman, Glimpses. Between Appearance and Disappearance, 2016. Zeitschrift Fuer Medien Und Kulturforschung (7):109-124.


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