Hunger ~ theatre notes

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hunger

"The difference between hunger and appetite is very important. And the harder it becomes to feed the population of the world, the more hunger in art decreases. There can't be art without hunger. Art can't exist if it doesn't want to consume and to possess everything."

The Death of Seneca, Heiner Müller

2 comments:

ben said...

Before speaking further about culture, I must remark that the world is hungry and not concerned with culture, and that theattempt to orient toward culture thoughts turned only toward hunger is a purely artificial expedient.
What is most important, it seems to me, is not so much to defend a culture whose existence has never kept a man from going hungry, as to extract, from what is called culture, ideas whose compelling force is identical with that of hunger.
We need to live first of all; to believe in what makes us live and that something makes us live - to believe that whatever is produced from the mysterious depths of ourselves need not forever haunt us as an exclusively digestive concern.
I mean that if it is important for us to eat first of all, it is even more important for us not to waste in the sole concern for eating our simple power of being hungry.
(Artaud, theatre and its double)

Alison Croggon said...

Thanks, Ben!