Teoría Incertidumbre #14
Alex Ferris Anarchestra II, the abstract creation and Helena Blavatsky, Einstürzende Neubauten music
– Anarchestra – Un Coeur Simple ( only track from 2006 year more improvisation)
– Einstürzende Neubauten -Abfackeln! ( from Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T. 1983 record )
– Einstürzende Neubauten – Merle (die elektrik) (from Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T. 1983 record)
Text used to improvise:
“”””For many, abstract creation was a means of conquering consciousness and leaving the confines of materialism, as well as becoming a refuge for the spiritual search in the face of social fractures of great discourses such as politics and religion during Modernity.
Every institution is a materialization and mechanization.”””””
Alex Ferris Anarchestra second part:
Alex Ferris highlighted the fact that Anarchestra’s proposal consisted of a group of people playing together without the need for a person to direct them and the act of BEING in music.
Concept throughout the program:
Music takes you beyond language, words, symbols, takes you directly to pure abstraction.
Reflect on materialization, it is not only a machine man in the factory, the institution as materialization and mechanization.
«Music must offer the unthinkable, something beyond language» Blixa Bargeld.
Einstürzende Neubauten presentations :
The abstract creation and Helena Blavatsky:
Although it is inevitable, making judgments about someone from a first impression is a double-edged sword. It is not always possible to know all the facets of people and we are left with a fragment, an incomplete idea. We do not realize that behind someone who looks like a charlatan, we can find a mind full of incredible and revealing knowledge and ideas.
That’s how life was Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891). Born in a province of the former Russian Empire, Blavatsky was loved by many but repudiated by more. It is considered an exponent of esotericism and the occult; but she was also a revolutionary writer and theosophist who did not accept the norms of the society in which she lived.
In 1875, Madame Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott – an American colonel – founded the Theosophical Society; an esoteric doctrine whose premise stated that “there is no religion superior to the truth”. Hence Blavatsky affirmed that theosophy is synonymous with eternal truth. At just 59 years old, Madame Blavatsky died more than a century ago; but her contributions in all areas are still present. According to her biographers, her ideas influenced religion, science, politics, culture and art.
However, few know that abstract art was formed to some extent thanks to the growing interest that artists showed in mysticism and occultism; and of course, by the spiritualist ideas embodied in the texts of the Russian theosophist. Abstract art as we know and admire it today arises at the end of the 19th century. It is an artistic movement with which we can marvel at its simplicity. It is capable of dispensing with all figurative elements, since it reduces representation to chromatic, formal and structural aspects. It presents images with indefinite shapes, composed of lines, dots and vibrant colors.
It was in the 1890s that abstract artists began to be interested in theosophy – which at that time flourished as a cult – because they were in a period of transition and found in the affirmations of this spiritual movement suggestive, wonderful and flexible ideas that they helped them establish the theoretical foundations of abstract art, which ended up being a manifestation of spiritual ideals.
Blavastky did not establish specific formulas regarding art, but her writings served as the basis for the founders of the abstract movement – such as Wasilly Kandinsky, Frantisek Kupka, Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich – to take the foundations of spirituality that allowed them to access and understand wisdom ancient, the cosmic principles of human existence and the natural world. In this way they could communicate the truths hidden behind the symbols of art.
It is perhaps from there that they took the idea of making symbolic representations through which they expressed spiritual concepts that would later evolve in abstract art as you know it. But this search also led them to go through an inevitable process in which they would come to represent and express the cosmic kingdom.
Madame Blavatsky was a mysterious and fascinating woman; but the lack of intellectual rigor in her texts generated diverse criticisms that caused that the vast information contained in her writings was not considered reliable. Despite this, it was read by many and managed to publicize an overview of the occult thinking of the time. In addition to that – directly or indirectly, as it is seen – it helped to create a type of painting in which color, lines and contours became the ideal medium through which it was possible to express and experience divine concepts.