Posts by tag: homology

“A Haydn-Sonata and a cactus: the difference between the classical-rational structure of a ‘work’ and biological forms. My own writings, for the time being, belong to the cactus category […]

[…] there are two kinds of ‘experiments’ — one is strictly rational, self-analytical, & overscrupulous, simply a pathology of consciousness […], but there is a second ‘experiment,’ namely the perennial experimentation of nature: after all, the fact of evolution is in itself a constant experiment. Biology is so explicitly an experimental domain that no distinction is made between a ‘final result’ and an ‘undecided, exploratory trial’: in nature, even the most symmetrical rose is merely a hypothesis denting only an instant in time (an experiment), and even the most grotesque cactus, resembling a caricature of an embryo, is an end result […] If Prae and other works I have planned are ‘experimental,’ then they are so in a specific biological sense: […] experiments of primal vitality, which are in a special biological relationship with form…”

In Miklós Szentkuthy’s Towards the One & Only Metaphor (1935), trans. Tim Wilkinson (pp. 131-132)