Commonplace Blog 2021

All living organisms are but leaves on the same tree of life… manifestations of the same living matter. Albert Szent-Györgyi


Protect me from what I want.   Jenny Holzer


Hurry slowly.   Italo Calvino


Perceiving directly that there is no separation between the environment and us is profoundly different from thinking about it. cocky eek


The craving for silence is to be, in still a further sense, superior to everyone else. It suggests that the artist has had the wit to ask more questions than other people, as well as that he possesses stronger nerves and higher standards of excellence… The art of our time is noisy with appeals for silence.   Susan Sontag


There is no such thing as silence. Something is always happening that makes a sound.   John Cage


Sentences on Conceptual Art by Sol Lewitt


But when natural processes are one’s aim and not their end results, one can no longer speak of an aesthetic evaluation, because all that does is enable one to form an opinion about concrete finished products. ‘Beauty’ [in a natural process] disappears, making way for completely unanticipated, new ‘aesthetic’ values. Beauty is perishable. Everything is and is always in motion.  Louis le Roy


A life inhabits that uncanny nontime existing between the various moments of biographical and morphological time. J. Bennett


Je suis l’espace ou je suis.   Noël Arnaud, L’état d’ébauche.


I would not focus on rebelling against extinction. Can one even rebel against extinction? I don’t think so. You can deal with extinction. You have to deal with extinction. Extinction, by the way, is not the worst thing that one can imagine for the future. The worst thing imaginable is the war that will lead to extinction—not death, but the long-lasting agony that financial capitalism has prepared for humankind. This is the real danger. Extinction is not so bad, if we compare it to capitalism.    Franco  Berardi

eflux journal Journal #106 – Franco “Bifo” Berardi – Desire, Pleasure, Senility, and Evolution


Recombination is also our task, and we should take a cue from him. But the question is: the recombination of what? The recombination of meaning, of language, of desire, of pleasure. Poetry is the consistent and intentional recombination of what exists, with the aim of creating what does not yet exist. Franco “Bifo” Berardi – Desire, Pleasure, Senility, and Evolution, eflux Journal #106



Replacement is the lure par excellence of contemporary culture’s denial of attention. Yet, speed has time. Replacement culture denies time by suturing together random flashes of cultural membranes without allowing time as durational consistency to make creative connections.  >>> Art becomes vacuous hope in an alchemical aesthetic coagulation in space Unknown