“Learning How to Forget” : Master Duchamp

That’s what Duchamp said in a recent publication of interviews Calvin Tomkins did in the ’60’s. 
When I was talking to a friend the other night he mentioned he’s interested and currently investigating the moment or lapse that happens immediately after listening to inspiring music and the visualization of that moment before the mind intervenes. I find it similar to what Duchamp said. Marcel Duchamp said he was “learning how to forget, basically to escape from the prison of tradition”, and he wanted to unlearn how to draw. He said Matisse had to systematically unlearn how to draw to be able to produce the work he did. Its about decoding the mind. 

Is it possible to learn how to forget?, to forget how we are thought at school?, how we “normally” react to situations?, how we think?.  Can we do this?. Suddenly, when I think about it, I feel so light and so good. The capacity of forgetting is linked to Freedom, to the possibility of renewal and reinvention of the being and of becoming a child, a creative being once again.

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Ernesto Cardenal and I – (Genius)

An extract of the poem of Roberto Bolaño. 

Father, in the Kingdom of Heaven
that is communism,
is there a place for homosexuals?
Yes, he said.
And for impenitent masturbators?
For sex slaves?
For sex fools?
For sadomasochists, for whores, for those obsessed
with enemas,
for those who can’t take it anymore, those who really truly
can’t take it anymore?
And Cardenal said yes.

Art by Robert Longo

 

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Padre, en el Reino de los Cielos
que es el comunismo,
¿tienen sitio los homosexuales?
Sí, dijo él.
¿Y los masturbadores impertinentes?
¿Los esclavos del sexo?
¿Los bromistas del sexo?
¿Los sadomasoquistas, las putas, los fanáticos
de los enemas,
los que ya no pueden más, los que de verdad
ya no pueden más?
Y Cardenal dijo sí.