Eschatology /ˌɛskəˈtɒlədʒi/ is a part of theology concerned with the final events of history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity. This concept is commonly referred to as the “end of the world” or “end time.”
“It happened that a fire broke out backstage in a theater. The clown came out to inform the public. They thought it was a jest and applauded. He repeated his warning. They shouted even louder. So I think the world will come to an end amid the general applause from all the wits who believe that it is a joke.” ― Søren Kierkegaard
Hiroshima and Auschwitz have changed forever the way of humans to “be in the world”. Both events are at the origin of a new era, there has been a before and an after. Nothing will ever be it has been before.
Time does not stand anymore for an open future, time is now what remains, before the End.
Hiroshima and Auschwitz, the origin of the time of the End.
There are cracks in the perception of the familiar that open up the view towards something different, unveiling the familiar world as an illusion.
Ancient Greece, the Tenoch Titlane of the Aztecs, metaphors of civilization, what remains? Breeze, breeze, that’s all breeze.
Fading memories in the eternal now. The industrialization of death, contempt for life, Holocaust, even in the pre-nuclear age, Hiroshima mon Amour! Tu n’as rien vu. The end is already a thing of the past. Waiting for the dawn of a new world. Waiting for the completion of creation.
The series Eschatology presented here was created in dialogue with the French philosopher Claude Molzino. A by-product of the numerous discussions on the occasion of the preparation of a book and exhibition project.
Impermanence, transience, change of epoch, but also alienation, alienation from life, the classification of existence and death are some of the key themes to be found in the series Eschatology.
The project was published for the first time in 2016 in the German Magazine Kwerfeldein.