Saturday, June 13, 2015
In the New York Times Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim reviews Giorgi Janiashvili’s “Muffling Fog: After Martin Heidegger”.
“Muffling Fog” takes its name from a lecture Heidegger delivered at the University of Freiburg in 1929, in which he said that profound boredom “removes all things and human beings and oneself along with them into a remarkable indifference” to the point where, out of the haze, “being as a whole” can become manifest. Mr. Janiashvili’s Nazi gesture was no doubt intended as a comment on Heidegger’s membership in that party and his anti-Semitic leanings. But his pretentious and grating work brought me no closer to grasping either Heidegger or “being as a whole.”
You won't grasp the most abstract thoughts via the thinker's contingency.
"Grainy video segments showed the composer in various poses of indolence. In one blurry scene, he was naked in a bathroom crouched over, then snapping to attention with his right arm raised in a Nazi salute."

Jeez. Subtle artistic commentary there!
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