1/9 — 1/10/2017
Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and the more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within.
I have not to search for them and conjecture them as though they were veiled in darkness or were in the transcendent region beyond my horizon; I see them before me and connect them directly with the consciousness of my existence.
The former begins from the place I occupy in the external world of sense, and enlarges my connection therein to an unbounded extent with worlds upon worlds and systems of systems, and moreover into limitless times of their periodic motion, its beginning and continuance.
The second begins from my invisible self, my personality, and exhibits me in a world which has true infinity, but which is traceable only by the understanding, and with which I discern that I am not in a merely contingent but in a universal and necessary connection, as I am also thereby with all those visible worlds.
PS. Dear Šárka, I don’t have anything to write right now, since anything more that I write would be full of pathos and anything I might analyze as a “proper” curator would just be a bunch of plagiarized words adding to the viewer’s confusion. I can place your work within the proper context, I can write about our discussions and about the evolution of your work, I can write about why you and not another, better-known artist in Prague, or I can write about why this idea and not the first one that came to mind. But it would all just feel like additions to my and our intellects, phrases that we like and that feel like they determine the quality of the text. There is no space here for the intellect to interpret experience, because the moment I (we) try, we lose the thing that makes your work delicate and indescribable, what can be neither located nor anchored, what the viewer must experience individually like when you found your point in the middle of nowhere. Every now and then, we must spare our words, and I think that the quote by Kant I have included here is the best way of connecting movement with the Universe.
curated by Tereza Záchová