Author: Martin Bartelmus

Chapter 25. Breathwork with Goethe

In 1819 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote a breathing exercise:  „Im Athemholen sind zweyerley Gnaden: Die Luft einziehen, sich ihrer entladen. Jenes bedrängt, dieses erfrischt; So wunderbar ist das Leben gemischt. Du danke Gott, wenn er dich preßt, Und dank’ ihm, wenn er dich wieder entlässt.“ This last verse of…

Chapter 25. Breathwork with Goethe

In 1819 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote a breathing exercise:  „Im Athemholen sind zweyerley Gnaden: Die Luft einziehen, sich ihrer entladen. Jenes bedrängt, dieses erfrischt; So wunderbar ist das Leben gemischt. Du danke Gott, wenn er dich preßt, Und dank’ ihm, wenn er dich wieder entlässt.“ This last verse of…

Chapter 18. On breath between voice and sound, signifier and signal in Jonas Eika’s After the Sun

In Jonas Eicka’s Short story Rachel, Nevada (part of the book After the Sun) the reader becomes witness of a strange ritual: Antonio  „[] set the suitcase upright, spread a paper tablecloth over it and laid out the implements in front of his right hand. The scalpels lay there, looking indifferent to the…

Chapter 14. Is (dark) hermeneutics ecological?

Timothy Morton once asked an interviewer if he has a cat? The answer was yes, and the following question was: “do you like to stroke her or him?”1 The answer again was yes. Morton replied: “Well, so you’re already relating to a nonhuman being for no particular reason. You’re already…

Chapter 11. Gadamer’s fusion of horizons – OOO and “blanc silence”

Fusion of horizons – Hermeneutics’ main goal. But what if one leaves the heliocentric metaphor turning his/her back? What if there is no horizon, which is defined by the flexion of the earth and a sun contrasting the line of sight? In Hermeneutics the fusion of horizon is, especially for…

Chapter 6. Breathe under water – Bachelard and the depth of hermeneutics (Part 1)

Bachelard’s famous works on elements and poetry (fire, earth, wind and water) embark a method of re-reading, which should be like  “to take re-soundings like sonar, sounds of the depths. He explains that, by participating in the resonances, we hear the poem. Its repercussions invite us to give greater depth…

Chapter 4: Misfitting together – The gap between inhale and exhale

Regarding OOO one might understand every text/artwork as an object. This object reveals its appearance alluding other objects in getting in touch, communicate or interpret the object. But neither the object nor the other object will get a hold on the essence, which is withdrawn. So far so clear: this…
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