dialectics of logos

Single-channel video 

Duration: 4’41”


“I swear to you gentlemen, that to be overly conscious is a sickness, a real, thorough sickness.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from the Underground.

The video enters a dialectic of conflicting thoughts using the above line from Dostoevsky as the entry point and forking into two different paths. The spoken text in audio is in favour of Dostoevsky that being overly conscious is a sickness and one should suppress it to live peacefully and comfortably, while the scrolling text in video argues that one should be conscious to reach the truth, ‘It is a necessity to be conscious, in order to be responsible and take action’. A third argument develops in the insoluble space between both, a space within the mind perceiving- reading and listening simultaneously. This inter-space is a potent ground for the logos or meanings to arise, whether through a rupture of thoughts, disorientation caused by the two simultaneities or a coherent deduction from the inner conflict and its analysis. 

The philosophical anchor of the work on ‘dialectics’ attempts to relocate Hegel’s dialectics from his idea of reaching the ‘world-spirit – a somewhat poetic formulation of a historically optimistic idealism – and how it changes in the form of a progression and approaches its final ideal.’ to a more nascent and gradual process of reaching elsewhere, into an insoluble yet-known less-than ideal. The residue of the thesis and anti-thesis brings the perceiver closer to this elsewhere space that can be called an inter-thesis rather than a synthesis since the dialectics might not synthesise or create anything coherent but remain entangled, suspended and sedimental all along.