Exhibits in the ‘Can You Tell the Difference Between the Dreams of Day & the Dreams of Night’ Gallery

To saturate the image function: that all realms where things are seen respond to the faculty for projecting affectively charged seen things. Here is the machinery of thralldom, the bleeding of coercive cognitivity, compulsive emotionality, the very mind-fold and its manacles, the songs that can never leave the ear, the pain that forever dulls the flesh, the thought of flesh itself, the obstacles and obscurations that impede the concentration of the light, canceling the being-right of eternal self-liberation.

The doctrine would be, that one must saturate the materium wherein imagery takes form with imagery itself to attain the ultimately inalienable real.

It is patent that the museum of the asidereals, telestics, and further object functions and their derivatives have had from the beginning as their telos, the stabilization not to say neutralization of all processes instinct in the image-making ability, whatever the technical procedures of said ability’s deployment: the idea was to anticipate the bardo, whereof it is said that all sensation is intensified enormously because the material inhibition of imaginative action is itself inhibited-so far is this doctrine from the notion that the mortal depository and the intimacy of its neurological intricacies determine the figures that occupy any awareness in all its detail whatever. Freed from such determinacies the will to inhabit a world, to one’s detriment or delight, is released without restraint. One will see what one has willed and wills to see, however one has conditioned the ability.

In Here it is less a matter of what the entities are that greet or threaten one as one enters upon their spaces, or worse, that fail to recognize the presence of an optically preoccupied intruder and therefore continue to secrete the very poisons whereby their enthrallment is sustained-it is less a matter of what these entities are than of the fact that by seeing (now) at all, one has entered upon an itinerary on which one’s corporeality has been suspended or, perhaps, superceded. And if one is able to return that which is seen in its instant to the instantaneous processes and procedures by which it is seen, the tormented beings that inhabit the site (that is to say, that inhabit the will) will expire in a corresponding gesture of self-liberation. The sight-imprisoned entities one addresses with forthright and non-coercive awareness in order to effect thereby one’s liberation from them, resolve in the very substance of gratitude whose root is grace.


Charles Stein, Barrytown, NY, 30.07.08

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