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Visual and Lyrical Spinoza

In order to pursue the inner, intelligible yet affective kernel of Yannis Kyriakides’ lyrical rendition of Spinoza’s defintions of the affects, written about here, I shot and edited this short visual meditation on the music he composed, brought through the Latinity. It is but a stone I found in a stream nearby my house, caught in and expressing an aura of ice amid the flow of water. Let the localization of the stone defy its parameters.

Putting words to it, the film is meant to augment the flight that Kyriakides already gives to Spinoza’s text, across the body of its ideas, tenebrated up through our auditory concordance to the whole of a visual spectrum. It is my conviction that despite the acclaim of Spinoza’s supposed renunciation of the affects, in favor of the lone purity of the mind, Spinoza’s depiction of the world opens wide an entire landscape for the emotions, living free to their development and expression, an expression that is artistic, caught on the nerve. The freedom theorized in Spinoza’s thought is nothing, can do nothing, if not for the materiality of the image and the voice. This is something touched on by Yannis Kyriakides’s rich tonations and Carola Arons’s vocality.

Latin, the ancient tongue of Church, crystalizes. Ideas perform. Thoughts linger and lead. History arches its back.

[Here is where you can purchase his Spinoza composition.]