An Artistic Revisit
Notes on the metaphysical grounds of the artistic revisit act, its transcendental characters and the (im)possibility of a pure repetition.
This essay summarizes a recent artistic and philosophical research in the fields of contemporary classical and experimental music. Part of this research was an album I recorded, The Revisit (Cotton Goods Archives 001, Manchester, UK), which was released in November 2011. The album, comprised of five works, experimentally exhibited various revisits to contemporary classical music works, which (in the end) reveal nothing of the original sonic material yet dwell in the original pieces’ worlds. No sampling was taken, everything recorded live and was later on merely digitally processed and edited.
The revisits were made possible due to the original pieces’ initial 'openness' as well as my personal interest in that which occurs at the liminal moment in time of the artistic revisit act. In philosophy, the revisit theme might most popularly be referenced to Plato's own revisit of Heraclitus, quoting his famous dictum: “You could not step twice into the same river” (Plato, Cratylus, 402a = a6). This observation is both empirical and metaphysical; Through it I raise further questions concerning the connections between the transcendental characters of this 'Platonic-Heraclitian' dictum and found-sound, as well as concerning its approximated potential to execute further artistic creative forces on behalf of the one who artistically revisits.
How, if any, such an artistic revisit act becomes possible based on metaphysical grounds? Would a repetition simply means to be able to 'repeat' oneself or whether a constant difference, a continuous interval, must initially characterizes a transcendental and artistic procedure? Moreover, how can one gains access to such an “inter-vale”? This essay accounts these questions, and suggests further possible directions concerning the idea of the artistic revisit.