With (Violent) Love: Seeing Mental Images Getting Lost and Resurface
Concepts fundamental to our (personal) systems of belief and behaviour are crumbling and falling to dust — just because we truly exit our comfort zone. These lost ideas then do transform and, after being newly informed, become as such unfamiliar but promisingly altered concepts. In our correspondence we want to acknowledge the following: that what is getting overwritten through communal and multi-perspective experience is always more promising (not yet better!) than what vanished the moment when it mismatched (our individual) ideas and lost its capacity of sense-making. Our conversation is a plea for considering mental images as going through a process of “getting born,” consolidating, dominating, corrupting and eventually losing any (convincing) agency altogether. Such a consideration is never free of devastating frustration, deep disappointment and the possible darkness of depression darkness of depression but has the power of freeing us up — moreover — freeing us from previously functioning ways of doing and thinking. Those ways might have held something in our place that freakishly doesn’t make sense in other places. We end with a call for not only rethinking and redefining authorship in discussions and on paper but finally act accordingly.
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