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NEITHER A BIRD NOR A FISH

NEITHER A BIRD NOR A FISH
13.12.08 - 21.12.08


Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau was a poet, novelist, dramatist, filmmaker and friend to Edith Pilaf. He was once described by Edith Wharton as a man "to whom every great line of poetry was a sunrise, every sunset the foundation of the Heavenly City."


Perhaps less know but equally important is that Cocteau was also a boxing manager. Image Cocteau the boxer, opium smoker and lover creating Orpheus: shadow punching the very personification of time. Imagine Time, eternal and heavenly, folding in on itself. Enter the Doppelgänger:  the ghostly and sinister double of a living person. The Doppelgänger is a suspended and peripheral vision of that which is to come. With the heat of death on his breath, the foreboding Doppelgänger lingers in Time. It has been said that Chronos who is the Ancient Greek god of Time is serpentine in form and has three heads - man, bull and lion. Imagine Chronos and his consort Ananke, circling the primal world-egg in their coils. They split it apart to form the ordered universe of earth, sea and sky. Cocteau grappled with order via the algebra of verbal codes, while the esoteric meditate on the completion of the thirteenth B’ak’tun. The end of the Mayan calendar in 2012 is claimed by some to be a year of great spiritual transformation (or alternatively an apocalypse). 


A few interesting facts about 2012:


- The sun will reverse its own magnetic poles 
- California's ban on the production of foie gras will take effect
- The second and last solar transit of Venus of the century will occur
- There will be presidential elections in Mexico