essays & visual experiments
Textual and visual material made available in this section is in constant movement; I profit from the possibilities of the electronic medium to offer an insight in the flow of the work-in-progress. But the site serves me, not my readers, in the first place, as it is a tool of constant rearrangement of my experiments in search of articulation and precision in conveying meaning. It is a process stretching over months and years, and for months and years these sections remain unfinished and open. I revisit them in turn, often adding spare sentences or expressions that come to me. It is a slow, plant-like growth that characterizes everything that comes from beyond the paradigm. I work with my personal experience, starting from the simplest, the most immediately accessible elements of my destiny, trying to build up complexity and novel insight of a kind or another.
Whatever is culturally transmitted, also the ability of writing standard academic papers, forms a shortcut. It offers an instantaneous access to other people's experience accumulated and articulated in the past; such experience forms models and paradigms. But obviously, the access to this accumulated capital is only possible because the risk of the inner exploration had once been assumed. The cultural grows fractally in the extracultural, infinitesimally exploring the territories of uncharted, unexpressed experience. At the same time, autonomous exploration and the constant search for the vital stem at the center of whatever is culturally transmitted permits to overcome the shortcomings of the cultural, the errors of transmission, lies and delusions inscribed in cultural messages that we go on repeating thoughtlessly only at our own risk and peril.
An autobiographical essay where I explain my life against a larger background of Polish social and cultural evolution across the last half of a century. It starts with the first book I got in my hands when I was three and ends with my emigration to the Netherlands few days after receiving my official professorial title.
Yet another experiment taking the autobiographical matter for a starting point. Here, nonetheless, I try to recount my life as a search for autonomous expression against the cultural message that constantly incited me to discard whatever was intrinsically mine.
A comment on my participation in global humanities, as well as the reasons of my engagement in the scholarship, and more specifically, the adventure of theory-making.