Maelstrom (the book)


Maelstrom’s travel

Maelstrom is a dynamic object. It shows a drawing process in a liquid medium. On closer inspection it is a sculptural process using tiny particles of a granular material that accumulate temporarily to form clusters and lines. But just moments before shapes become evident, they are overwritten or fall apart and disappear. They vaporize. And although Maelstrom is very material, it travels between two realms: between what is there and what seems to be absent. It moves between these two domains to play with the unanswerable and constantly developing questions of how we perceive and shape the world in our minds and how our imagination transforms it. Maelstrom investigates if there is some resulting feed-back on the world around us and how matter and imagination might be entangled with each other.

After a considerable contribution to epistemology, the french philosopher Gaston Bachelard shifted his interest from science to the psychology of imagination. He contrasted rational thought with the imaginary. Thereby he did not discuss so much how the structures of poetic images look like but rather pointed out that these images can move and transform. They are liquid. And they are attached to matter – the four elements in his case. In Bachelard’s description of the most important travel of human beings, namely the one between the real and the imaginary, he states that when art takes us to this travel, it is not about the stay in one of the two realms. But instead thejourney, the movement, the border crossing and the mutual exchange is what we should pay attention to. The dark line in Maelstrom is the vehicle of this travel and the border at the same time. It doesn’t show us one of the two realms. It shows us the process of trying to make sense, its materiality, its movement, its buildup, decay, turbulences, and fluidity. (excerpt from p. 12)


Table of contents

Roman Kirschner – Maelstrom’s travel DE (Orig.) / FR / EN
Pieter van Bogaert – Image House Chaos DE / FR / EN / NL (Orig.)
Lucía Ayala – Fluid Mechanics in Maelstrom DE / FR / EN (Orig.)
Image Sequence
Appendix: Edgar Allen Poe – A Descent into the Maelstrom EN

Revolver Verlag 2012
67 pages
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