"It’s not difficult to see how this operation could also bring opportunities for cynical manipulation and charlatanry. There is no guarantee that a shared obsession will be positive or even interesting. What obliquity offers, however, in privileging evocation and incitement over depiction and elaboration, is the possibility to communicate something inexpressible, to take (apparently) clear ideas in (nearly) sensible relationships and expose a site of unknowing; to thread a string between perception and what it purports to perceive, and to pluck that string. Obliquity could simply mean, but it could also be a means to say what cannot be said, to play what is unplayable, to give voice to an engendering silence among all manner of noise […]".
"In the study of ideas, it is necessary to remember that insistence on hard-headed clarity issues from sentimental feeling, as it were a mist, cloaking the perplexities of fact. Insistence on clarity at all costs is based on sheer superstition as to the mode in which human intelligence functions. Our reasonings grasp at straws for premises and float on gossamers for deductions."
A.N. Whitehead, “Adventure in Ideas.”
"Darboven is fond of reciting a bit of advice she received from Carl Andre during her New York period: "Never apologise and never explain.""
"The urgency of a situation broke into a cliché; the explosion of voices from a hidden past clashed with the present tense. It’s no longer just the words, it’s the voicing of disquiet that matters. The aural matter is the sound of that disquiet".