Sunday, 31 August 2014

the written word

The below piece depicts the power and possibilities of the written word. To lose oneself in literature and poetry, in the books and texts that can rewrite your mind. The words that completely unsettle you, the stories that smash your cranial bone, and thinking in the logic of the dream. For Phillip, who as student of german literature and language, has been writing texts for a very long time, the written word is a special way of seeing and understanding the world. Having listed Walter Benjamin as one of the important literary figures in his life, we included text from the critic and philosopher's essay “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” where Benjamin gives his depiction of the Paul Klee piece 'Angelus Novus'.


The Written Word: Needles Side, Thonon-les-Bains, France













'A Klee painting named Angelus Novus shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.'