Love After Love by Derek Walcott The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.
Heidegger: Aletheia, Being-in-the-world, Dasein, Anxiety and Authenticity Heidegger claims that the human being as Da-sein can be understood as the “there” (Da) which being (Sein) requires in order to disclose itself. The human being is the unique being whose being has the character of openness toward Being. But men and women can also turn away from being, forget their true selves, and thus deprive themselves of their humanity. This is, in Heidegger’s view, the situation of contemporary humans, who have replaced authentic questioning concerning their existence with ready-made answers served up by ideologies, the mass media, and overwhelming technology. Consequently, Heidegger attempts to bring today’s men and women back to the question of being.
Heidegger: Aletheia, Being-in-the-world
Heidegger reflection on situation of man in the world of planetary domination of the un-thought technicity and of the radical homelessness of humans: a homelessness in which not only man but the essence of man stumbles aimlessly about. "Only a God Can Save Us"
Heidegger: Everything is functioning. That is precisely what is awesome, that everything functions, that the functioning propels everything more and more toward further functioning, and that technicity increasingly dislodges man and uproots him from the earth...the uprooting of man that is now taking place is the end [of everything human], unless thinking and poetizing once again regain [their] nonviolent power...The return to the historical foundations of thought, the thinking through of those questions that since Greek philosophy still go unasked -- this is no abandonment of the tradition...one day ... very old traditions of "thought" may awaken that will help make possible for man a free relationship to the technical world?
SPIEGEL: We must adapt ourselves to the system in which we live, must seek to change it, must scout out the narrow openings that may lead to reform, and the still narrower openings that may lead to revolution...Otherwise, we are left in a situation where the man who is philosophically untutored -- and normally this will be one who holds things in his hands (though he does not determine them) and who is himself in the hands of things -- we are left in a situation [I say] where such a man arrives at false conclusions, perhaps at frightful short-circuits [of thought]. Therefore, ought not the philosopher be ready to formulate thoughts as to how men may arrange their relations with other men in this world that they themselves have technologized, that perhaps has overwhelmed them? And does he not betray a part, albeit a small part, of his profession and his vocation if he has nothing to say to his fellow men?
Et la Lumière Fut (And then there was light) Ota Iosseliani film depicts the daily life in an African village carried by the rhythm of daily life that perpetuates ancestral traditions; a fictional story almost entirely with images and the dialogues are left largely untranslated.
“How could I have lived all that time without realizing that everything in the world has a voice and speaks? Not just the things that are supposed to speak, but the others, like the gate, the walls of the houses, the shade of trees, the sand and the silence.” Jacques Lusseyran
"I laminated a book of photographs taken in Africa. Without knowing this continent, convinced only by moving eyes and faces of these people helpless before the hurricane that approaches them, I thought we could highlight the fall of a certain culture, considered primitive by other more industrialized civilizations themselves deprived of culture, and therefore even more primitive. "(Otar Iosseliani)
Kahn sent photographers to more than 50 countries, often at crucial junctures in their history, including the collapse of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires, when age-old cultures were on the brink of being changed for ever by war and the march of 20th-century globalisation. They documented the varied lifestyles of human cultures before the homogenizing effects of industrialization. BBC 10 episodes documentaries provide some background and context to the images
Majid Derakhshani & Mah Banoo Ensemble - jane ashegh (Being In Love)
MAH BANOO BAND - MA RA BAS
When you are able to transform two into one, then you will become a "Son of Humanity," and it will be possible for you to say to a mountain, "Move," and it will move. From The Gospel of Thomas (logion 106), Translation by Lynn Bauman
When you give birth to 'that which is' within yourself; what you bring forth will save you. If you possess nothing within, that absence will destroy you. --Gospel of Thomas, logion 70
The Gospel of Thomas
Mechthild of Magdeburg on Prayer “Lord, two things I ask you; In your kindness instruct me: When my eyes weep in loneliness, And my mouth remains mute in its simplicity And my tongue is constricted in affliction, And my senses ask me again and again, What is wrong with me, Then, Lord, everything in me is directed toward you. When my flesh wastes away, My blood dries up, My bones torture me, My veins contract, And my soul roars with the bellowings of a hungry lion, Tell me, dearest One, What will it be like for me then, And where will you be?” From The Flowing Light of the Godhead.
Mechthild of Magdeburg on Prayer
Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 4 (D. 899)
W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat Major K. 271 (Jeunehomme)
Franz Schubert's last three piano sonatas are cyclically interconnected by diverse structural, harmonic and melodic elements tying together all movements in each sonata, as well as all three sonatas together; consequently, they are often regarded as a trilogy. They also contain specific allusions and similarities to other Schubert compositions, such as his Winterreise song cycle; these connections point to turbulent emotions expressed in the sonatas, often understood as highly personal and autobiographical. Indeed, some researchers have suggested specific psychological narratives for the sonatas, based on historical evidence concerning the composer's life
Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D. 959
The novel, "Us Conductors" loosely based on the facts of the Dr. Lev Termen’s life, is conceived as a letter to the love of his life, Clara. Terman is a scientist, musician, and the inventor of the theremin. As Termen constructs a narrative of his life around his longing for Clara, the novel explores the subjectivity of memory and the way the past sings to us from across the years. Stripped of nearly everything that makes him recognizable to himself, Termen internalizes his memories of the past and creates a narrative of his life as a means of hanging on to it. "Not that the theremin emulated my voice, but that with it I gave voice to something. To the invisible. To the ether. I, Lev Sergeyvich Termen, mouthpiece of the universe."
Sean Michaels novel "Us Conductors"
Royal Shakespeare Company - The Winter's Tale
Royal Shakespeare Company - The Winter's Tale The story of The Winter's Tale follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret -- and after a statue comes miraculously to life -- the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation.
An insight into human psychology. "It's about friendship, and a fall from grace - the darkness within that destroys the potential for a good life,... it's intensely poetic and spiritually enlightening." Lucy Bailey “I know what jealousy is – I know how it creeps into men and into our egos... Emotions are not rational. Jealousy can seep into you like a poison and overtake you. It can lead you to do things you would never otherwise do.” Piotr Stanczyk
In The Mood For Love. Song Yumeji's theme
Johannes Brahms - The Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Doug Saunders = Arrival City
"Doug Saunders is neither a glum pessimist nor a glib optimist and Arrival City will not please closed minds. But this provocative, disturbing, and exhilarating book is a delight for thoughtful readers. Indeed, it is essential. Migration is reshaping the world and, as Saunders demonstrates, the choices we make today will determine whether it brings prosperity or catastrophe tomorrow." — Dan Gardner, author of Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear
Persian Music - Shahoo orchestra
Maurice Ravel - Alborada del gracioso
Morton Feldman - Rothko Chapel
Morton Feldman created a unique graphic system of music notation, within which many things were undetermined and left for performers to interpret. Sometimes it was the pitch, at other times the duration. Somehow, when you listen to his music, the results are always pure Feldman: sparse, whispering, exquisite, atonal but often lyrical, with a tremendous weight given to every sound (or silence), and often insanely long. In 1971 he wrote a piece called Rothko Chapel in memory of his friend Mark Rothko. The melody for the viola at the end of the piece was written by Feldman when he was 15.
“I don’t push the sounds around” This is revealing since Feldman’s sensitivity and lack of desire to “control” outcomes is a distinct part of his personal and compositional nature as we discover in “Give My Regards To Eighth Street – Collected Writings of Morton Feldman”
Norma sings a prayer to the moon goddess, asking for peace. Pure Goddess, whose silver covers These sacred ancient plants, we turn to your lovely face unclouded and without veil... Temper, oh Goddess, the hardening of you ardent spirits temper your bold zeal, Scatter peace across the earth Thou make reign in the sky...
Fado is traditional music from Portugal, but first of all, it is the translation of the heart, the translation of lives, people’s lives. it was a human expression to make a community alive and to put out feelings in order to make sure that people were able to live their lives. They started to sing normal stories about their lives and singing to each other, to have this communication, more or less like magical or sacred. It is a way of living. Carminho