Thursday, June 04, 2009

Inner Time (Adorno 126)

Adorno (page 126): What appears in the work of art is its inner time . . . . The link between art and real history is the fact that works of art are structured like monads.

This is beautiful thinking. But does time really pass in a work of art, even in works of duration like music and literature? Can a work of art refuse to be a unity and still be structured like a monad? Answer: It can only be a monad by refusing unison. Is a monad’s sense of time eternity? Yes. The monad in art has nothing to do with history and sociology; it is prophetic and hard to comprehend, like prime numbers. Which is more monadic, the nomad or the townsman; the boulder or the butterfly that lands on it?

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At 1:08 PM, Blogger Rondell said...

I beg 2 differ, mr. paul. i think art's like spontaneous and you know like inspired by the angels and demons and such. However, at times, the discussion can go awry and confrontational complexities can rise to the surface of the human condition.


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