Christian Patracchini



Almost a being without boundaries, spared and more purely inner, very strangely tender and illuminating itself up to the edge, is such a thing known to us? Let us consider the sense of variation. Our skin could be called variety, in a precise topological sense; a thin sheet with folds and plains, dotted with events and singularities and sensitive to proximities…
At times our skin, a hasty and untidy construct, happy from some fortunate encounter, resembles the cimera, the internal or common sense, the sixth or totalizing tapestry, the skin of the final tent in other words you and I.
A flower, a proposition, a noise can be imagined almost simultaneously: one can make them follow each other at what distance one pleases;   any of these subjects of thought can also be changed, distorted, made to lose its initial aspect, following the will of the mind that holds it; but it is the knowledge of this power of the mind alone that gives the thing its value. This alone permit one to interpret such formations, to find in them only what they contain, and not to stretch them to the point of confusing their various stages, with those of reality.
The variety of touch, basted with large tacking stitches on to the variety of seeing…these sewn temporarely to each other, and each one separately piece by piece and in no particolar order, they work towards the definitive garnment / which never eventuates, forms components which are seen and which on occasion, clash with the resulting variety or with a neighbouring one. They are equivalent variation from a common substance, comparable one to the other, carelessly, as it were, finding indefinite levels, sometimes nameble but all belonging to the same category. The place of wandering knows no straight line; one never goes from a point to another in it; one does not leave here to go there; there is no point of departure and no beginning to the walk. Before having begun, already one begins again; before having finished, one broods, and this sort of absurdity  (consisting of returning without ever having left, or of beginning by beginning again)  is the secret of “evil” eterninty, corresponding to ‘evil’ infinity both of which perhaps contain the meaning of becoming.Undoutedly betweeen those paper sheets as in the sky, there is a secret order that I

Would welcome, but this order imitates chance, perhaps to penetrate its rules, perhaps to carry the rigour of those ink anagrams and the precision of thought / to the point where the most determinate referent can integrate indeterminacy. The impatience in voluntary death is this refusal to wait to reach the pure center where we would find our bearings again in that which exceeds us. I like to live in a material as well as a moral sense – often light appear harsh , aggressive and at times cruel; wait for the night take pleasure in twilight, light the lamp rarely, let the shadow come. Aristotele suddently hit on the multiple aporia of touch, ever since he foresaw all the obscurities of the tangible: touch isn’t clear he said; it’s inapparent , obscure, secret and nocturnal.
It is not a true night, it is night without truth, which does not lie. it is not our bewilderement when our senses deceive us. It is not mystery. In the night one can die , we reach oblivion . but this other night is the death no one dies , the forgetfulness which gets forgotten . in the heart of oblivion it is memory without rest. The point of view is not simply one of hope’s illusion; it is implicit in our life, and it is so to speak / the truth of our death, at least of this first death which we find in the night.
Night does not anaesthetisize skin, but makes it more subtly aware. The body trains itself to seek the road in the middlle of darkness, loves small, insignificant perceptions; faint calls, imperceptible nuances, rare effluvia and prefers them to everything loud. Things wandering in the silence and shadow helps it to rediscover practices long since lost through forgefullness  and habit. One must live in the day and labor for its own sake, Yes!! One has to do that!! But to labor for the day is to find in the end…the night and…how essential, but difficult, it is always to maintain firmly this nothing that divides thought.


( Variations was commisioned by MarsdenWooGallery in response to the exhibition Lexicon by Alida Sayer  – Photo above)