Notes, Thoughts, and Observations
`(Whoever seeks another’s
will never find his own)’
- From Adam Zagajewski’s poem `September’.
`How unattainable life is, it only reveals
its features in memory,
From Adam Zagajewski’s poem ‘Fruit’.
Maximum beauty through minimal form. Maximum meaning through minimum expression.
Having walked the length of avenues around the world I have come to the realisation that only men of a certain age can get away with wearing a fez.
“I believe in a cinema which gives more possibilities and more time to its viewer—a half-fabricated cinema, an unfinished cinema that is completed by the creative spirit of the viewer, [so that] all of a sudden, we have a hundred films.”
—Abbas Kiarostami, 1995
“It comes from a deep-rooted conviction that if there is anything worthwhile doing for the sake of culture, then it is touching on subject matters and situations which link people, and not those that divide people. There are too many things in the world that divide people, such as religion, politics, history, and nationalism. If culture is capable of anything, then it is finding that which unites us all. And there are so many things that unite people. It doesn't matter who you are or who I am, if your tooth aches or mine; it's still the same pain. Feelings are what link people together, because the word 'love' has the same meaning for everybody. Or 'fear', or 'suffering'. We all fear the same way and the same things. And we all love in the same way. That's why I tell about these things, because in all other things I immediately find division.”
— Krzysztof Kieślowski
Truth and knowledge are not the same thing. I am less interested in the former, preferring the term meaning, in the existential sense: A creative act thrown into the face of the absurd but showing commitment to life, however meaningless in itself.
'Global art has increasingly tended not toward national variety but toward a sameness of art-schooled conventions’ - Peter Schjeldahl, Views of Utopia’, The New Yorker, June 4 & 11, 2018