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I Summary: Migration V
17.30: CA Conrad:Vibration, Connection or Translation
17.45: Nomadism, Migration, Exile
18.00: Ritual, strict formulas, as a connection to the cosmos
18.15: Jabès: Door : X; equations x with different variables
18.30: blotted door: communication through the door.
18.45: Migration: total migration from home land (Rosenzweig,)
19.00: Migration from every tradition (Jabès)
19.15: Flusser: no home in the language
19.30: What is a figre: A form of transfer: windows of the soul
19.45: Reading faster.
20.00: Reading it sentence by sentence
II Close Reading: Edmond Jabès, The Book of Resemblances 2 (Translated by Rosmaire Waldrop, Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 1978)
III Translation/action: Active translation and production – Together we will form an ABC of poetics and diagrams of migration.
Genesis 11 (27-32):
27 This is the account of Terah’s family line.
Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah. 30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.
31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.
32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.
The Call of Abram
12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.[a]
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”[b]
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring[c] I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
9 Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Abram in Egypt
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
17 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
Attributed to Francesco Bassano the Younger (1549–1592)
Title Abraham Leaves Haran
Description On God’s command Abraham leaves Haran [sic Egypt!] (Genesis 13:1-2). Formerly interpreted as the exodus from Egypt. A train of people and animals go through a gate. In the middle a woman rides a white horse in between sheep, a dog, a goat and a donkey. On the foreground all sorts of household goods, pots and pans. From the sky God is looking down.
Date Between 1560 and 1592
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 95.5 cm (37.6 in). Width: 125 cm (49.2 in).
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Vilém Flusser, “Dwelling in Exile”, in: Christiane Meyer-Stoll (ed.), Migration (Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein 2003 (Köln : Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2003), p. 12-35