Tarkovsky and Speaking of the Infinite World


The definite world is bounded and exists with finite possibility. The infinite world is also bounded, but with endless possibility. Our brain has two hemispheres – both necessary, but lead us to different understandings of the world.

“The left hemisphere’s goal is to enable us to manipulate things, whereas the goal of the right hemisphere is to relate to things and understand them as a whole. Two ways of thinking that are both needed, but are fundamentally at the same time incompatible.”

– Scottish psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist

If the two ways of thinking are incompatible (as McGilchrist posits), perhaps we need to allow one to speak, then the other to speak. One may triumph in hallucinations of grandeur, the other must make breakfast and go to work. Both are necessary, even if they cannot live in the same room together at the same time. I trust our artists to make poetic leaps and try the unthinkable – I trust our engineers to create reliable vehicles and roads. both the dreamer and the doer have their necessary roles.

“We can express our feelings regarding the world around us either by poetic or by descriptive means. I prefer to express myself metaphorically. Let me stress: metaphorically, not symbolically. A symbol contains within itself a definite meaning, certain intellectual formula, while metaphor is an image. An image possessing the same distinguishing features as the world it represents. An image — as opposed to a symbol — is indefinite in meaning. One cannot speak of the infinite world by applying tools that are definite and finite. We can analyze the formula that constitutes a symbol, while metaphor is a being-within-itself, it’s a monomial. It falls apart at any attempt of touching it.”

― Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky

The metaphor is a being within itself. It is the infinite moment of emotional clarity which is then described and rationalized after the fact. It is an iterative process of discovery. Feel, then think. Join the dance to discover the steps.

This is what we want to share with you through Tonewulf. you might have noticed that we create visuals that “don’t make sense.” A lot of our song titles are strange. These are exercises in poetry that we want to share with you. Feel first, then discover.

Linger with us for a moment. Stop trying to make sense. Experience the reality of NOW through your senses.

You can think about it later.

Just dance.

Don’t try to explain it. Just experience it.

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