Jalal Toufic: What Was I Thinking?
Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Stephen Squibb & Anton Vidokle (Eds.)
What Was I Thinking? is an initiation into thinking. With an extremely analytical mind and yet capable of rendering all kinds of knowledge and experiences permeable to each other, Jalal Toufic creates here a “summa,” (a comprehensive treatise), but an open-ended one. He views the arts as if they were the privileged site of thinking (even when they inevitably fail) and confronts his insights with texts taken from traditional religions and mystics. In this work, Toufic has reached an Olympian attitude that announces the beginning of a detachment and state of serenity. He assumes the challenge stated by Heidegger in this new writing and imagines the best possible worlds, which are eminently those of the arts. His approach takes courage and a unique freedom, allowing his mind go into unpredicted ascertainments, so that his writing, as Etel Adnan states, “does not fall apart two days later.” Situated somewhere between the spirit of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and Nietzsche’s breakthroughs, we can now say Jalal Toufic is indeed a “destiny.” — Etel Adnan
4 ¼ x 7 in. / 284 pp
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