Monday, January 22, 2018

The SCAPEGOAT; שָׂעִיר לַעֲזָאזֵל 1986

The SCAPEGOAT; שָׂעִיר לַעֲזָאזֵל 1986 
"And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats: 
one lot for the LORD, and the other (i.e., The Scapegoat) 
lot for AZAZeL." Leviticus 16:8
Please note: the two goats are always already identical.

The Scapegoat 1986
bronze, woven cotton band (104 meters)
140 x 40 x 400 cm

The SCAPEGOAT; שָׂעִיר לַעֲזָאזֵל
And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats:
one lot for the LORD, and the other (i.e., SAIR La-AZAZeL / The AZaZeL Goat) lot for AZAZeL." Leviticus 16:8
Please note: the two goats must be identical...........;
In this context then, to explain the idea of SAIR La-AZAZeL (The AZaZeL Goat)and in particular to justify the [epistemic] process of selection; 
namely, the mental power, the skill to identify the SAIR La-AZAZeL (The AZaZeL Goat) out of two identical goats can only take place in language, 
which has a writing system. As such, the act of Reading about the very status of two identical objects, and the ability to choose and to promote one object, 
is therefore connected directly to Writing; 
please note, the SAIR La-AZAZeL (The AZaZeL Goat) as a symbol, 
is our attempt to select something, which has already been selected by itself. 
So finally, to gaze at the image of a certain selected object, i.e., the SAIR La-AZAZeL (The AZaZeL Goat), is not an act of solidarity, nor a censorship, 
but a certain momentary translation. 
In other words, the exchanging of Reading with Writing. 
True, the SAIR La-AZAZeL (The AZaZeL Goat) is understood not simply as an object in space and time, but as an action that we need to take into consideration, even inside an unfamiliar room. 
At this point, the SAIR La-AZAZeL (The AZaZeL Goat), the selected object -  our Given symbol -  is the reason why each and every artwork on display, cannot be simply a category of ocular desire. After all, there is nothing asymmetrical about it, to the extent that the veiled mechanism of selection is, at all times, 
linked to Reading while Writing. So, to be sure, the traces of the past are found and identified, because of the magnificent moment of the second birth of 
the Guest's mother tongue.