dear your spring this can‘t work
A free interpretation based on Martin Heidegger’s “Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes”
Baltensperger + Siepert 2019
79 pages, English (somehow)
B+S Productions, Zurich, 2019
Dispersion is a moment in which we can devote ourselves to thoughts beyond our logic thinking; thoughts that hardly would get any attention in a focused state of mind. There is magic within this state, pretending to distract when really it allows us to dive deep into a new world by eliminating the hindrance of focus that forbids us to access new paths and trains of thought. This dispersion empowers us to think the New.
Initially, we only wanted to write down a few lines from Martin Heidegger’s “Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes“ (The Origin of the Work of Art). Out of convenience, we decided to dictate the paragraph to our computer. However, its system was set to English, and our computer created a phonetic interpretation, that could not have been further from Heidegger’s strict and structured thoughts.
This composition of fragments and random words made some sense – new sense, but mostly didn’t. It was something incoherent, irritating and confusing. Yet it resulted in a long, in-depth discussion about things that were triggered by this peculiar text. By chance, without any intention, an imaginative process was set in motion.
Fascinated by the process of wild and uninhibited reinterpretation of this rigorous and analytic text, we decided to read the entire book to our computer, have it interpret our spoken words, and let the process take its course.