What you have right now — why isn’t that sufficient? The existence of something better doesn’t negate the usefulness of what you already own. I don’t have a philosophical objection to these things, and far be it from me to moralize. I’m no luddite, nor am I even particularly ascetic. The thing that concerns me — especially when I detect it in myself — is the false belief that these things will really revolutionize our lives.
There is so much truth here.
Elio Petri, Indagine su di un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto - 1970
“All of my work plays with our innate desire to find meaning in things. Sometimes the futility of that task becomes the actual subject of the work, as in Executive Model and Other Nature. But more recently, with the Idaho projects and now Lago, the potential for a ‘rediscovery of a meaning’, as slippery as that prospect may be, has entered the work. So yes, if one considers our traces in the landscape to be a coded language of some sort, then the act of photographing those traces and piecing them together becomes a form of cryptography. It’s like a poetic archeology that, rather than attempting to arrive at something conclusive, looks for patterns and rhythms that create congruity out of the stuttering and incomplete utterances that the visible world offers. These harmonies, when we’re lucky enough to find them, are probably the closest we can get to actual ‘meaning’.”