may 1996

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lucid between bouts of sanity

martin firrell



Meaning

Obscurity may be the attempt to convey something that meaning cannot mean

How else does the successful attempt to convey something that meaning cannot mean make itself felt?

If truth lies beyond meaning, "truth lies beyond meaning" is either untrue or meaningless

To understand a thing fully is to be able to say nothing about it

"Truth is inexpressible" is false if true




Lucidity

The search for a new lucidity is impossible in the absence of the lucidity sought

It is impossible to step foot on an uninhabited shore

It is impossible to become lucid by degrees: the slightest fragmentary glimpse lays bare the entire terrain

A new lucidity makes itself felt in the awareness of its absence

A new lucidity recognises itself

Recognition of itself is what it is




Lucid Between Bouts of Sanity
A Manifesto


Action

All action is reductive
"A really good saint does nothing"
Gertrude Stein

Action dissipates potential, weakens contemplation

If there is surfeit of activity in the world, naturally nothing can be done about it



Language

Language says nothing of its own failings

The problem of language is unanswerable because of the problem of language

If language deceives, a limited constrained language would at least deceive to a limited extent

If language were to exhaust itself, to consume itself entirely, it would leave behind it a space or absence in which whatever must stand beyond the capabilities of language would stand



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Lucid Between Bouts of sanity

Text by Martin Firrell

Russian translation by Yekaterina Lebedeva

French translation by Catherine Clark

Designed and produced by Sarah Cannon

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may 1996

lucid between bouts of sanity

martin firrell

24 images
text