|Benedictine abbey of Sint Benedictusberg|
' THE INTELLECT IS NOT, THAT IS, JUST THE PASSIVE RECIPIET OF WHATEVER FALLS INTO IT, THROUGH THE SCENES, FROM EXTERNAL WORLD, BUT ACTIVELY DRAWS INFORMATION FROM THAT WORLD.'
|The atrium with the stair leading to the colonnade of the Church.|
|The keys to my room (8)|
|Round tower that is used for reading, breakfast and recreation|
There is an intense energy when the service is over and people remain seated. In silent contemplation. While the world outside darkens quickly I rise, bow and walk my way back to my room where I have to make my bed and drink a glass of water. I close the curtains. Find my place at the desk and start unpacking my books. There is a very comfortable silence here. For today I see there is a bread meal served with the monks at 19:30 and afterwards is the last service of the day. Written underneath
|Desk, chair and closet|
is the text: we would like to have silence in the house from 20:30 until the morning. I start reading and making notes. Van der Laan sees art, not as an imitation of nature or a continuation of its process, but as our reaction to a conflict between ourselves and the natural world. Nature is the starting point of art, but it does not follow that the work of art should have a quasi-natural character. He sees art as:
'A CONTINUOUS PROCESS OF PROJECTING, TESTING AND CORRECTING'
It's a nice thought to keep in mind when I go to the dining room....
-to be continued-