Apeiron (2009) by Heiko Daxl, Berlin/Zagreb
Apeiron, Heiko Daxl, 2009, 2 min, video, from Media in Motion.
“The owls are not what they seem.” — the giant
Apeiron, the short two-minute piece by Heiko Daxl, of Media in Motion, is an amalgamation of horizontally-scrolling marquee text, cited from Aristotle, Metaphysics 1.1-2 (982b), and doctored and matted image abstractions of a fluttering owl.
Apeiron postulates the gnostic of the 500ad texts of Aristotle, inserting the olde-tyme “unmoved mover” theory into the modern contexts of our tech-age epoch.
Music dins, the owl flutters, eyes down, the owl is equivocal, the texts ponders kismet.
Apeiron certainly is a piece that is worthy of a several viewings, and of course, the Aristotle texts are always worth reread.
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Synopsis: “That it is not a science of production is clear even from the history of the earliest philosophers. For it is owing to their wonder that men both now begin and at first began to philosophise; they wondered originally at the obvious difficulties, then advanced little by little and stated difficulties about the greater matters, e.g. about the phenomena of the moon and those of the sun and of the stars, and about the genesis of the universe. And a man who is puzzled and wonders thinks himself ignorant (whence even the lover of myth is in a sense a lover of wisdom, for the myth is composed of wonders); therefore since they philosophised order to escape from ignorance, evidently they were pursuing science in order to know, and not for any utilitarian end. And this is confirmed by the facts; for it was when almost all the necessities of life and the things that make for comfort and recreation had been secured, that such knowledge began to be sought. Evidently then we do not seek it for the sake of any other advantage; but as the man is free, we say, who exists for his own sake and not for another’s, so we pursue this as the only free science, for it alone exists for its own sake.”
Aristotle, Metaphysics 1.1-2, (982b)