This is a blueprint, a model for an art-installation I intend to build, as soon as the ample required funding and extended residency is granted: it is a shrine, to adorn the late-ancient archeological site of Oswieçim, Poland, which has persistently attracted great archeological interest on a world-wide scale, perhaps because it is also home to a famous historical-themed park of adrenaline, or perhaps because of its gravitational axis-point under the stars of the Sirius nebulae — such were the claims, in any case, of a German scientist who was partial to the Sutra-like teachings of Nicola Tesla. But it was Ragner Rainer, MSc, who estimated the geo-point under the feet of the unknowing people of Oswieçim, to be the very Axis Mundi or World Center-point itself. (Arguably, the latter theory was perhaps one of the sinister Sins of Romanticism in Science, today inadmissible in the era of counter-romanticism by way of a water-tight, perfect impermeable Scientism of human social-participation administrators, who have clearly learned many lessons from the education park located at the world’s center-crate, Oscwieçim, grown with the fecund greenery and vegetation native to Polish landscapes.)
for the Saints of Oswieçim, an archeological ruin in present-day Greater Silesia, Poland.
prologue/ musical quote from Gorecki, Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters)
”The first case of idolatry was surely fear of things, and therefore also fear of the necessity of things, and therefore also of responsibility for them. This responsibility seemed so vast that people didn’t even dare to lay it at the feet of a single divine being, because the intervention of one such being would not sufficiently lighten the weight of human responsibility, the negotiation with one being would have remained too much stained with the responsibility, and therefore each thing was given the responsibility for itself, or more, the things were also given a measure of responsibility for the human.” Kafka, Aphorism 92, from The Zurau
(Die erste Götzenanbetung war gewiß Angst vor den Dingen, aber damit zusammenhängend Angst vor der Notwendigkeit der Dinge und damit zusammenhängend Angst vor der Verantwortung für die Dinge. So ungeheuer erschien diese Verantwortung, daß man sie nicht einmal einem einzigen Außermenschlichen aufzuerlegen wagte, denn auch durch Vermittlung eines Wesens wäre die menschliche Verantwortung noch nicht genug erleichtert worden, der Verkehr mit nur einem Wesen wäre noch allzusehr von Verantwortung befleckt gewesen, deshalb gab man jedem Ding die Verantwortung für sich selbst, mehr noch, man gab diesen Dingen auch noch eine verhältnismäßige Verantwortung für den Menschen.)
WELCOME to the pre-opening of an exhibition-in-progress using the patron saints and patron sainthoods of the Polish city of Oscwieçim, better known, sadly, by its name in the German tongue.
The idea for this exhibition came when meditating after reading the spiritual novel Mr Mani by the Israeli author AB Yehoshua, where one of his characters sees, in an apocalyptic vision Saint Jadwiga of Osweiçim. *Let it be known to the barbarous, or those illiterate in either German or Greek, that apocalyptic vision is a redundancy, as apocalypse is Greek for ”revelation”. The current curator is not from a Christian context, neither Catholic patriot nor an anti-Catholic-activist; however, he has visited the geographical sites imbued and invested with these particular sainthoods and anointed idols. This is not an experiment in Santería or Voudou, though the author has been made familiar with that mythological system as well. You may freely enter as a non-pilgrim, or as a pilgrim, or to report the map that led you here, in search of non-return. The apocalypse (in the crude understanding of cataclysm or the Orientalist concept ”end of the ”world”, not the Greek ”revelation”) if it exists, is a fully participatory, proactive democratic system of options and points. You are welcome to converse with saints, to attempt their conversion or your own; or to blaspheme: though it is not recommended or commendable, as the saint of thieves, fetuses and prisoners is among those present and you might well need her grace”
Bienvenue au cette avant-vernissage des cultes et saints du ville polonaise d’Oscwiecim, mieux connu en allemande comme Auschwitz.
Bienvenidos a este muestra debajo construcción de los imágenes de santos polacos del pueblo de Oswiecim, mejor conocido como Auschwitz”
St Don Bosco, Patron Saint of Oswieçim, was an Italian priest of the Salesian order.
“”Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv., (Polish: Maksymilian Maria Kolbe [maksɨˌmiljan ˌmarja ˈkɔlbɛ]; 8 January 1894 – 14 August 1941) was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II. Kolbe was canonized on 10 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II, and declared a martyr of charity. He is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life, pro-fetal movement.
“All Saints Day” in Oswieçiem crypt/necropolis.
“”St. John Kanty receives his name from his birthplace, Kant, near Oswieçim in Poland. His parents were country folk of respectable position and, seeing that their son was as quick and intelligent as he was good, they sent him in due course to the University of Cracow.””
Edith Stein, renamed St Teresa of Benedicta, died after conversion in Oswieçiem “”Edith Stein (St Benedicta): “”Born 12 October 1891 at Breslaw, Dolnoslaskie, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) as Edith Stein Died gassed on 9 August 1942 in the ovens of Oswiecim (a.k.a. Auschwitz), Malopolskie (Poland) Venerated 26 January 1987 by Pope John Paul II Beatified 1 May 1987 by Pope John Paul II in the cathedral at Cologne, Germany Canonized 11 October 1998 by Pope John Paul II Patronage against the death of parents Europe martyrs Representation Star of David” http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-teresa-benedicta-of-the-cross/