Dear reader, my main goal today is to share with you the many great books which already made the first two weeks of 2016 so glorious.
It all started with ‘Les équinoxes‘ by Pedrosa, an incredible graphic novel. Multilayered, multi stylistic and heartfelt as well as wise. Who still can express doubts about the 9th art once having set eyes upon this beauty?
And although I haven’t finished yet these books, I already feel the urge to tell you that ‘Satin island‘ by Tom Mc Carthy, ‘Purity‘ by Jonathan Franzen, ‘Sapiens‘ by Yuval Noah Harari and ‘Envoyé spécial‘ by Jean Echenozare all are becoming very thrilling reading experiences.
At the same time i’m very happy to be able to say that vzw Hardscore might present in July in the School of Arts Ghent a first try out run of ‘Double takes’. A ‘Photopera’ for 2 singers, four players and photographs by Ronny Lauwers.
The most ear appealing features of this music theatre piece might be the so called ‘drones’ which separate the 15 songs. Maybe the easiest music to play I ever conceived. Though it spawned already a Sonata, the 19th, and soon I hope to start working on a new music theatrical piece with the poet/performer Maud Vanhauwaert, in a production of Casco Phil, trying to expand or deepen this element even more…
Let me end this blog with two quotes: one from ‘Purity’ and one from ‘Satin Island’. A couple of blogs ago I tried to explain the importance of this no-man’s land between accepted art forms and attitudes. Maybe you can imagine how impressed and happy I was (and am) when i read these lines:
(…)’The truth is somewhere in the tension between the two sides, and that’s where the journalist is to supposed to live, in that tension (Franzen: ‘Purity’ page 365) [FN: maybe swap journalist with artist?..)
(…) the ability of each and every practice to surpass itself, break its own boundaries, even to the point of sacrificing its own terms and tenets in the breaching; and, in the no-man’s land between its territory and the next, the blank stretches of the map, those interstitial zones where light, bending and kinking round impossible topographies, produces mirages, fata morganas, apparitions, specters, to combine in new, fantastic and explosive wyas. That, he’d say, is the future of knowledge.(…) Waw!