Due to the extreme circumstances brought about by the pandemic – one that has essentially dissolved any semblance of our daily practices – I believe we are gradually experiencing an exacerbated version of what German philosopher Martin Heidegger called encounters with “dasnichts” or “the nothing.”
For those familiar with Heidegger’s work, you’ll know that he was keenly insightful but was immensely confusing as well. To put it in simpler terms, what Heidegger referred to are instances where we are confronted with the strangeness or even absurdity of everything. We begin to ask questions like: why are things in this manner? Or why are we here rather than there?
Solomon nods to philosopher Martin Heidegger, who saw these issues as something that couldn’t be solved. Rather, you need to come to tolerate and accept opposing views, not overcome them. That’s where you get to a point where you’re truly concerned and compassionate for your fellow humans. As Solomon notes, “that gives you a sense of what Heidegger called ‘unshakeable joy.’”
[A]n insignificance trivialized and inscribed into our everyday life. Death has become what the philosopher Martin Heidegger called the “manufacture of corpses.” That is why the testimonies of victims are not only at the center of my work, but are actually a requirement for the very existence of each and every one of my pieces.