Leone Contini – Transubstantiating, studies. Harlem 3-11-’07

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4 responses to “Leone Contini – Transubstantiating, studies. Harlem 3-11-’07

  • Leo Contini

    Infatti, conformemente alla tua dichiarazione programmatica, l’arte intesa come atto creato cede il posto all’atto preso – prendere atto – di manifestazioni quasi naturali… che pero’ sconfinino solo moderatamente nella gimmick, anche se dalla provincia fiorentina ti trovi ora nell’occhio del ciclone N.Y.ese, dove tutto e’ lecito anche se e’ una cagata. Cordiali saluti e ancora auguri, L.

  • Leone Contini

    Ciao Leo, spero comunque che sia chiaro come l’utilizzo del sangue in questi studi sia legato ad una riflessione sulla seduzione del sacro e sull’identita’- che avevo gia’ iniziata nella provincia fiorentina come pui vedere dal mio blog personale http://www.leonecontini.wordpress.com – e non sia assolutamente un richiamo horror/pop per attirare l’attenzione in questa grande metropoli.
    In particolare mi interessa il rapporto metonimico tra sostanza vegetale e sostanza umana, ovvero la carne, che sopravvive dalle origini della civilta’ umana fino al mito della mensa organica, o biologica, manifestazione minima -e disperata- pseudo scientifica e spesso decisamente magica, di un bisogno psichico fondamentale, legato al mito di un’eterna giovinezza e alla speranza del superamento della morte.

    grazie per avere scritto,
    Leone

  • Leone Contini

    As I was writing to Leo in italian, I want to make clear that utilising blood in my studies is not referred to an horror/pop dimension.
    On the contrary I’m interested in the metonymical relation betwen the vegetal substance and the human flesh, wich is part of an archetype of the human civilisations (at least of those civilizations based on grain growing), from the point of view of identity as well as religion. In my opinion this consubstantiality survives in the contemporary mith of the organic food, and more generally in the obsession about food, wich is really part of the contemporary daily life, especially in the rich, western countries, exactly as the rituals were part of the ancient and pre-modern daily life. In my opinion at the core of this incredibly strong and resistant ideology there is the hope of an eternal youth and, more generally, the hope to be able to defeat death.

  • harlemstudio

    About ideology of resurrection please see: Sir James George Frazer, The Golden Bough, capt. XXXIII, The Gardens of Adonis.

    Riguardo all’elisir di lunga giovinezza e all’ideologia della resurrezione confrontate con: Sir James George Frazer, The Golden Bough, capt. XXXIII, The Gardens of Adonis.

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