A dictionary no longer begins when it no longer gives the meaning of words, but their tasks. Thus formless is not only an adjective having a given meaning, but a term that serves to bring things down in the world, generally requiring that each thing have its form. What it designates has no rights in any sense and gets itself squashed everywhere, like a spider or an earthworm. In fact, for academic man to be happy, the universe would have to take shape. All of philosophy has no other goal: it is a matter of giving a frock coat to what is, a mathematical frock coat. On the other hand, affirming that the universe resembles nothing and is only formless amounts to saying that the universe is something like a spider or spit.1

1Georges Bataille trans. Allan Stoekl quoted in ‘Formless: a users guide’ p.5 by Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind E. Krauss.

the lack of confidence in painting – even by painters – is disconcerting. paint only becomes paint when delivered with confidence…

paint as shit – – paint with paint like shit.


2 thoughts on “shit

  1. Hi Ben
    as an abstract form mathematics is brilliant but humourless, surely the possible and the implausible even existing painting traditions encompasses shit thus transends plausibility, therefore cannot be defined, so not shit?
    Happy new year

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