quinta-feira, 26 de junho de 2008

Catástrofe, um incentivo

De um livro que o André emprestou:

P.VIRILIO (…) The great inventions are tragic, but we must not weep. We have to take them seriously. If you take them seriously, you fight. You don’t accept them as facts. You get inside of them, and you fight them. For the moment we’re not doing it. The Ancients did it. Whether they were philosophers, painters, architects, they fought against technology and they fashioned something else out of it.

S.LOTRINGER And things got better afterwards?

P.VIRILIO Obviously, despite their efforts, we’re not in the best of situations. The situations we’re in are still catastrophic, but life goes on.

S.LOTRINGER The same goes for art.

P.VIRILIO The same goes for art. We have never made advances except through catastrophes. The machine hasn’t changed a thing there. The internet, cars, shock absorbers, elevators, gliders, they haven’t changed anything. We advance from inside the horror of abomination. And we advance, because we bring it about, and we refute it. What worries me the most right now is that there is no anxiety about pollution. True, the ecologists have made us worry about nature, that’s their great contribution. But in other fields – Félix Guattari said as much – this ecological anxiety has not taken hold. There is no ecological anxiety about art. But there should be. I don’t see why ecology should be little birds, flowers, the smell of the atmosphere, etc. Ecology is everywhere. Painting is ecology, etc. Mores are ecology. Our relations vis-à-vis children is ecology, etc. It means that pollution, in the broad sense of the word, is moving through art.