Saturday, February 4

"What is the need - that is, what is the truly objective constellation of forces working in us and the world - that justifies the creation of something like art? When is what we have created satisfactory, and for what reason?"
 - Joseph Beuys

"Art alone makes life possible - this is how radically I should like to formulate it. I would say that without art man is inconceivable in physiological terms. There is a certain materialist doctrine which claims that we can dispense with mind and with art because man is just a more or less highly developed mechanism governed by chemical processes. I would say man does not consist only of chemical processes, but also of metaphysical occurrences. The provocateur of the chemical processes is located outside the world. Man is only truly alive when he realizes he is a creative, artistic being."
 - Joseph Beuys

  • ". . . as I have said often enough, I write for myself in multiplicate,
    a not unfamiliar phenomenon on the horizon of shimmering deserts."
    - Vladimir Nabokov