Repetition, tendency or a need to go over things, is philosophical category, which creates a certain kind of reassurance - one knows something that is recognizable will not threaten him or her. Works by David Raymond Conroy, Dorota Kenderova, Sharon Kivland, Jirka Thyn, Jaro Varga, Anabela Zigova.
introduced by Petra Feriancová
David Raymond Conroy
Repetition, tendency or a need to go over things, is a psychological and a philosophical category, which creates a certain kind of reassurance―one knows something that is recognizable will not threaten him or her. For Samuel Butler the beginnings are always based on repetition. (Life and habit, 1878).
"Repetition is the happiness" said Henry Miller. Søren Kierkegaard writes about a character who voluntarily gives up his relationship with a loved one, because only their memory allows him to retain their ideal image. Jacques Lacan makes an anology with the relationship between Dante and Beatrice. Kierkegaard’s character prefers remembering to living in reality and by repeating selected moments from his memory he tries to achieve perfection. God is perfection. For Kierkegaard, his fear and awe of god is immense, because they represent one’s conscience, which is marked by sin and loneliness.(Lutherans do not recognize confession). For Kierkegaard, recalling memories by repeating is also a desire and an attempt to slow down the passage of time. Recollecting versus repetition, or at least an endeavor to reprise things that have occurred, together negate the fluent passage of time.
Whether it is the desire for perfection, which is a consequence of and also an ambition of the reiteration of certain actions in relation to work and production, or in the case of remembering and reminiscing (i.e. stopping time) - repetition can be understood as a manifestation of a fundamental human drive, which is the longing for eternal life.
Image: Petra Feriancová, The year when weather went wild, (a thing of mine that may not be mine series). 2007-2009 - scanned and enlarged national geografic image - variable dimensions
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