An Artistic Revisit
Notes on the metaphysical ground 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 includes an album I recorded under the title The Revisit.1 The album, comprised of five compositions, exhibits various revisits to contemporary classical music works that (in the end) reveal nothing of the original sonic material yet dwell in the world of the original pieces. Nothing was sampled; everything was recorded live and at a later stage processed and edited digitally.2
The revisits were made possible by 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 in Plato's own revisit of Heraclitus, when Plato quotes his famous dictum: “You could not step twice into the same river.”3 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 does such an artistic revisit act become possible based on metaphysical grounds? Would a repetition simply mean to be able to “repeat” oneself or whether a constant difference, a continuous interval, initially characterize a transcendental and artistic procedure? Moreover, how can one gain access to such an “inter-val”? This essay reflects on these questions and suggests further possible directions concerning the idea of the artistic revisit.