The Void Mandala is a symbol for the respiration of “life & death”, “consciousness & the unconscious”, “self & non-self”, and “the individual & God”. Breathing with this mandala lets our life become a constant practice of maintaining balance through exploration – with each journey (there and back again) we move further and further into the spiritual dimension.
The conceptual work of this book was merely preparation for the task; the real work of finding balance requires constant practice.
The concept ‘Both, and yet Neither’ means a thing and its opposite are not contradictions, but rather superpositions.
This chapter explores death as the creative ocean of the unconscious, which is not ‘outside’ of life, but rather at its very heart.
Matthew Barney’s work is fascinated by the void-space where duality collapses into paradoxical indistinction, and all opposites merge. His work imagines the perverse and horrifying aspects of this undifferentiated space, while “Being & Death” examines this space in a spiritually positive light.
Dive deep in your introspection, reach your unspeakable core, and then, “Make art there.” The struggle to communicate the incommunicable is what makes us most human.
Truth, as Badiou defines it, is the decision to be true to the unknown, and to have the fidelity to bring that unknown to fruition in the world. Truth thus brings each moment a little closer in touch with the infinite. Truth is a constant becoming.