Saturday, 17 July 2010

Minor Project: The Romantic Satan

Also something thats intrigued me for a while now is the romantic view of Satan.

'Rather than simply a symbol of pure evil, the Romantic Satan appeared as an embodiment of vitality, strength, boldness, and political and cultural rebellion. Indeed, the Romantics sought to treat the Devil as a tragic or heroic figure worthy of pathos, thereby inaugurating the tradition of the Promethean Satan, an indefatigable rebel, long since abused by the oppression of Heaven.'

http://www.enotes.com/nineteenth-century-criticism/representations-devil-nineteenth-century


It's a slighty random thought I know and I'm not thinking about Satan all the time y'know but words such as breach, chasm, crack, fissure, rupture bring to my head classic western depictions of hell.

3 comments:

tutorphil said...

Hey Tom - some serious brain-storming occurring here! As I was reading about the essential fluidity of a single word, I was reminded of Derrida's theory of differance; he argued that everytime we use a word to mean something, we must postpone all alternate meanings in order to derive its meaning; also that language and therefore meaning is always haunted by the semantic ghosts of the meanings 'postponed'; he used this idea to destablise 'truth' as something achievable or 'fixed'... He argued too that you cannot keep plural meanings in play - the switch is either 'on' of 'off' - therefore, language is unreliable; anyway differance (a conflation of deferral (of meaning) and difference (between meanings) maybe a useful tool - especially if you can find a visual metaphor to articulate it - something like a hinge or an infinite regress (the mise en abyme)...

Remember too, Tom - that you want to also frame your minor project around an increased focus on what kind of creative you want to be; if you're going for a fine-art/auteur position, then you must base your work around developing a unique visual language that uses Maya in (perhaps) a suitably interdisciplinary way; the thing you MUST avoid is a blancmangey methodology in which your 'thinking' doesn't translate into visual language...

Tom Beg said...

Hmmm challenging concept. Will come back later with some thoughts on it.

It's postmodernism so I'll need a least a few attempts at understanding it myself before I can grasp it a decent level.

tutorphil said...

in pure transcription terms, maybe you should take a look at the 9 circles of hell (lots of opportunity for environment stuff there) - another amazing opportunity for transcribing a hellish environment - Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights - personally, I'd LOVE to be able to visit that place via the magic of cg...