THE DESERT. ESSAYS IN EMPTINESS
In this volume, the crucial metaphor of the Desert that I take as an axis of my reflection on negativity is referred to creative activity. The main question is how, under which conditions originality is possible. The metaphor of the Desert sums up the state of creative openness, the field of potentiality in which the creation may begin.
The world we live in is overcrowded with the results of human works. The Desert if full, as much as the Desert of Flaubert's Anthony was full of material qualities, images, voices. The crucial question is thus the (re)creation of the Desert as emptiness. The gesture of Rauchenberg, a young artist coming into the world already saturated by an excess of art, is paradigmatic: he simply erased one of De Koonings' drawings. Not in order to fill the cleaned space with his own production, but in order to leave it in this state of potentiality, resuming all the possible drawings that might come to be.
This book will contain essays on:
Flaubert's La Tentation de saint Antoine,
Nietzsche's Unter Töchtern der Wüste,