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Beware of the straight line and the drunken line. But above all beware of the T-squared straight line. The straight line leads to the downfall of humanity. La linge droite conduit à la perte de l’humanité.
From: THE STRAIGHT LINE LEADS TO THE DOWNFALL OF OUR CIVILISATION, 1953
My “artistic activity” has long since no longer been limited to the word art, just as the word art is no longer adequate for everything being created now and only leads to misunderstandings. What is being done now is no longer art in the old sense, but rather a certain responsibility which a few people have taken upon themselves to draw the others’ attention to huge dangers.
From: A LETTER FROM PARIS (excerpt), 1954
The modern most recent “avant-garde” work ought most appropriately be referred to as “transautomatic” for it no longer describes one single “image”—although it resembles already existing works in its outer appearance—but several—a quasi very complex, wonderful, and still fragile film which certainly no longer corresponds to the conventional way of examination but, rather to a different, a new approach.
From: ON TRANSAUTOMATISM, 1956
As erosion has become controllable through transautomatism and everything that has been done up to now was wrong, anyway, the only right thing that can be done now with any feeling of responsibility is to engage in critical weathering: then spiraloid and fluidoid activity exercises and creative moulding would be the next things to be done. For after geometry comes the rapid explosion, followed by the slow explosion, then weathering and then moulding. Once we have understood mould, the way for a new mode of creating will be free again for a while.
From: MY EYES ARE TIRED (excerpt), 1957
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