On Music and Painting

October 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Picture this- A yotta?

Eno does it with such ease, running through and elucidating the logic of movements in music and painting in the 20th century. Whilst modern painting and visual arts tried to best aspire to the condition of music, with the advent of the recording studio the reverse became possible for music.

There is a funny  coda of sorts on surrendering in arts and creation. Which are the occasions when we humans surrender in our life projects?

The chosen markers/assumed forms-  are not surprising : Sex, drugs, religion & art

All four providing ways for us to lose control and to also enjoy this loss. When to surrender and how to surrender both being skills which have to be rehearsed. Most cultures use one or more of these forms, Eno would love to find one  where all the four are linked.

At this point of all things I recalled a passage from a letter Jung sent Freud on 11th February 1910. George Steiner too quotes passages from this same letter in those superfine Massey  lectures he gave titled “Nostalgia for the Absolute”.

Jung discusses a suggestion made to him by Alfred Knapp that the psychoanalytic movement join the “International Fraternity for Ethics and Culture“. He wonders though if this fraternity is able to hand out a new myth for us to live by? Because why?

“Only the wise are ethical from sheer intellectual presumption, the rest of us need the eternal truth of myth.”

🙂 woowoowoozela the Aryan Christ goes on:

“The ethical problem of sexual freedom really is enormous and worth the sweat of all noble souls. But two thousand years of Christianity can only be replaced by something equivalent. An ethical fraternity, with its mythical Nothing, not infused by any archaic-infantile driving force, is a pure vacuum and can never evoke in man the slightest trace of that age-old animal power which drives the migrating birds across the sea and without which no irresistible mass movement can come into being. I imagine a far finer and more comprehensive task for psychoanalysis than alliance with an ethical fraternity.I think we must give it time to infiltrate into people from many centres, to revivify among intellectuals a feeling for symbol and myth, ever so gently to transform Christ back into the soothsaying god of the vine, which he was, and in this way absorb those ecstatic instinctual forces of Christianity for the one purpose of making the cult and the sacred myth what they once were-a drunken feast of joy where man regains the ethos and holiness of an animal. That was the beauty and purpose of classical religion, which from God knows what temporary biological need has turned into a Misery Institute.”


The Reins – Steve Kenny

This painting by Steve Kenny, seems to contain a sentiment present in the following lines from Freud’s response:

” I am not thinking of a substitute for religion; this need must be sublimated. I did not expect the fraternity to become a religious organization any more than I would expect a volunteer fire department to do so!…”



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