the process is the artwork

Everything would be fine if we only knew what reason was

Screenshot from Stalker by Andrey Tarkovskiy

Stalker by Andrey Tarkovskiy

“Or how about this hypothetical definition. Reason is a complex type of instinct that has not yet formed completely. This implies that instinctual behavior is always purposeful and natural. A million years from now our instinct will have matured and we will stop making the mistakes that are probably integral to reason. An then, if something should change in the universe, we will all become extinct – precisely because we will have forgotten how to make mistakes, that is, to try various approaches not stipulated by an inflexible program of permitted alternatives.”

– Arkady & Boris Strugatskiy. Roadside Picnic. Translation by Antonina W. Bouis. Cryptomaoist Editions: pp. 100-101.

These two quotes are extracted from the book Roadside Picnic by the Strugatskiy-brothers, on which Andrei Tarkovsky/Andrey Tarkovskiy’s masterpiece Stalker (1979) is based. It is one of my all-time favorite movies. The first shot (with the flickering fluorescent light-tube) is the main source of inspiration for my contribution to the exhibition “Det Ruinrelaterte” in Stavanger last year.

Stalker is available online here – Part I / Part II – with English subtitles.

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