‘The Aleph’ is an invitation to exuberant adventure as well as a humbling and cautionary tale, an allegory on the infinite complexities of space and time. Attaching its meanings to Lefebvre’s conceptualization of the production of space detonates the scope of spatial knowledge and reinforces the radical openness of what I am trying to convey as Thirdspace: the space where all places are, capable of being seen from every angle, each standing clear; but also a secret and conjectured object, filled with illusions and allusions, a space that is common to all of us yet never able to be completely seen and understood, an ‘unimaginable universe’, or as Lefebvre would put it, ‘the most general of products’.
— Edward Soja, Thirdspace (1996:56)
Nothing was holy to us. Our movement was neither mystical, communistic nor anarchistic. All of these movements had some sort of programme, but ours was completely nihilistic. We spat on everything, including ourselves. Our symbol was nothingness, a vacuum, a void.
— George Grosz on Dada (via outerfield-photography)
Мы будем помнить и в летейской стуже,
Что десяти небес нам стоила земля.
We will remember, even in the cold of the Lethe,
That to us, the earth was worth ten heavens.
—Сумерки свободы, Osip Emil’evich Mandel’shtam