BEING AND TIME “Dasein:” Being held out into the nothing. The most elementary definition of that elusive “Being”, the substance through which we exist, out of nothing, and without destination. With the Copernican discovery of abstract space, we were forced out of our metaphysical home with the Gods, and had to invent stories about ourselves when we faced the terror of the nothing. Falling down the road of eternity, we experience the vertigo of the Fall, and for the first time we are able to measure by extension our brief earthly life, as opposed to the infinite terror of the outer limit. But how does the fragmentary experience of extension enable us to participate in the whole of eternity? Inside the deep time of the universe, by that logic, there is no movement at all. If truth is then historically constructed, how does it appear in time? Soon we realize, to our dismay, as Agnes Heller has pointed out, that objective outside time, has no relation to men, it's a speculative concept that seemingly has no use, except in space physics. There's NO TIME! In Valentin Korzhov's series “Being and Time”, prototypes of physical non-personal time come to life, or rather to standstill, the “nunc stans” of the Gnostics, as cosmic vessels, based on astrophotography of galactic accumulations, nebulae and meteor belts. These photographs however are theoretical models, achieved through overlapping data and color variations perceptible to the human eye – the representation of time is a scientific model. Our clocks are ticking, ticktock ticktock, ever since the industrial revolution began to measure labor time, but the world is ever the same – an aggregate of phenomena, it's not even a place. Past the boundary of the horizon event, there's nothing but Chaos. Being is flowing free through the open cracks of this primeval disorder, shattering the vessel of time and the mechanical earth. When we gaze up at night, what we see is the freedom of Being (held out into the nothing), the ruins of time, stealthily collapsing into the void.

©2020, V.Korzhov