Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Immanence of the Wall

This is near a school in Lingotto, Turin. What took my fancy was the colour but when I drew closer I spotted graffiti at the bottom - and I must say it made me smile. It wasn't the religious message that amused but the manner of conveying the definite, immanent nature of the event. Immanence is of course connected with religion and weltanschauung (world view).  But when push comes to shove this is just a wall. The wall shuts in and protects a world and avoids the invasion of evil influences. They are restrictive but we do know the value of walls. In Ancient Egypt it was all about height. The wall rises above us. The Wailing Wall separates those in exile from those at home - walls as separators can be about nations, tribes, families or rulers. In psychoanalysis, walls can symbolise separation between the ego and everything else. Walls mark boundaries. I suppose walls offers themselves up for inscription and these days might carry advertising or graffiti. Diogenes of Oenoanda carved a summary of the philosophy of Epicurus onto lengthy portico walls, now in Modern Turkey. Originally 25,000 words long, wall pieces continue to be unearthed by the Deutches Arch√§ologische Institut. As archaeological digs continue to demonstrate, it's hard to get rid of a wall.