LIFE: A USER’S MANUAL
In Ancient Greece, the word POETRY encompassed today's concept of literature. However, the term POIESIS also meant “to make” in the sense of creating, producing. Etymologically it signified to beget, to give birth.
The poet was “the maker”, the person who created something that did not exist before, and the expression referred to any creative act, whether artisanal or artistic.
Poiesis was a form of knowledge as well as a form of play. “Of fire and play” (Del foc i del joc) as our poet Carles Riba would say.
Taking as its own the ironic title of the novel Life: A User’s Manual by the French writer Georges Perec – a member of the Oulipo (Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle, or Potential Literature Workshop) group – La Nuu 2022 festival will present a series of photographic works that aimed at stimulating thought on the creative needs of human beings.
Creation is both a biological and a cultural drive, for the brain makes culture and culture makes the brain.
Michael Tomasello spoke of the cultural origins of human cognition and, before him, Johan Huizinga, in his essay Homo Ludens (1938), observed that play is a necessary condition for the very existence of culture.
Unless we develop a playful attitude, culture is not possible, nor is any other kind of creative act.
Fire and play. Knowledge and playfulness. Life: A User’s Manual and other ways of complicating our lives.
According to Marcel Benabou, “rats who build the labyrinth from which they plan to escape”. In short, a poets who set their own creative rules and constraints.
The photographers selected this year are poets (in the most profound sense of the word) who show us the world anew through their images and who give birth to new knowledge.