Wittgenstein: There Where You Are Not
This ongoing collaborative project is a response to the wandering
journeys of Ludwig Wittgenstein, searching for a place in which to
think. It documents the philosopher’s retreats in Skjolden (Norway)
and Rosroe (Connemara).
The origins of this project lie in Alec’s proposal to create
a replica of the Wittgenstein house (in Norway), to be constructed
alongside the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, at
Poltimore House (Devon). This as yet incomplete project led to two
publications, an artist book, Irish 2 (link to bookshop) (morning
star, 2002) and a more extensive collaboration, Ludwig Wittgenstein:
There Where You Are Not (Black Dog, 2005).
The collaboration with photographer Guy Moreton was presented in the
exhibitions Wegrecht, at Torhaus, Dortmund (2002), Right of Way, in
Galway Arts Centre, (2003) and, most recently, at the John Hansard
Gallery University of Southampton (2005).
Ludwig Wittgenstein: There Where You are Not
Photographs by Guy Moreton © 2003
said it would be dark
---Wittgenstein said he hated daylight.
--- Russell said it would be lonely
---Wittgenstein said he prostituted his
mind talking to intelligent people.
---Russell said he was mad
---Wittgenstein said God preserve him
--- I went back to Skjolden
---and the dark circle of mountains
--- to look for myself
---in the glen of a shadowed world
--- where what I find is shown
---in how I think and live.
from The Ludwig Wittgenstein: There where You Are Not
Alec Finlay (2005)