La Passion De Styx
Presenting a research on thought and art, to the logos or exposition, narrated in the so-called 'fragments' of the 500 B.C. living, Ionian philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus in ancient Asia Minnor, king without subjects, first user of the term philosophy. Heraclitus is known by the statement 'one cannot step twice into the same river' [fr.91], 'war is father of all and king of all' [fr.53] and characterisations such as 'he coincidence of contradictions', 'hidden harmony', the wise is one alone' and the well known, panta rhei 'all things flow', by Plato. It is my desire, to visualize that what Heraclitus has to say in his logos, his discourse, his way of active thinking. To show, the potential of visual art to transfer knowledge and understanding, where feelings and thoughts are inseparably intertwined with the image of the work, and make clear that the image on itself, understood as a symbol, can be accesible for the thinking eye. That which unites people in their perception of reality is the underlying unity of nature, the world and cosmos, even unification of all opposing principles where mortality and immortality are reconciled, which is what the Heraclitean logos is trying to say. De war of opposites, cosmic fire, the divine wisdom as a framework within which life and death, war and peace, day and night can be understood as unity. This logos, is inherent in the nature of language, the structure of the psyche and in the universal principle by which all things are as they are. For Heraclites the first subject is not the physical world, but the human condition, the reality of our mortality, which by its participation in the eternal life cycle of nature and also by its capacity to master this pattern in cognition, the structure of the psyche unlimited [fr.45] 1. Our language is focused on clarity, on clarity of expression, my research itself, as the prose of Heraclitus, is inevitably allusive and indirect, in the hope to bring some minds in a reflective mood, focusing on paradox, enigma and pluralism, toying the image. As the lord whose oracle is in Delphi neither declares nor conceals, but gives a sign. [Fr. 93]. Using te Greek underworld rivers as leitmotif and metaphor for the research , not proposed as barriers crossed by wilted and wavering people from the land of shadows, but by radiant living women and man, models of 'deathlessness' and the eternal. For me, a way of viewing so to speak from the outercircle to the center, varying positions, to force entries, determine viewpoints, to wake the streaming Heracletean logos. The image as the source of language and ... eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears. [Fr.101]. 1 Kahn, The art and Thought of Heraclitus.