Showing posts from July, 2015

Comic Composition

The present blog post is a case of indecent advertising on the new edition of International Journal of Comic Art, vol 17:1 in which Søren Kierkegaard, Per Marquard Otzen, Peter Klæstrup and I inhabit a few pages with the article "Comic Composition; or When Kierkegaard and Cartoon Art Took to the Streets "

Below is an excerpt on the definition of Comic Composition:

"Yet, we can guess at the main outlines of Comic Composition and consequently formulate the rest. Kierkegaard's intention for it was straightforward. Ridicule on its own is empty and grim and is nothing beyond the duration of the laughter. The humor, which has a structure for itself, may prove to be of value.

Hegel for one had already given his view of the matter. Whereas tragedy, the grandiose, addresses what lies beyond time and space, comedy relates to what is man-made. In other words comedy puts the light on the norms that encompass our way of living and seem so obvious to us that they appear as if be…

Nuclear Intimacy

Today's khartoon on the Iran nuclear deal highlights how Khalid Wad Albaih outdistances any standpoint of pro or con of the deal. Something is achieved and there is to come something of it, a something which cannot as yet be labeled as an outcome.

In every sense an embryonic situation on the fusion of the smallest of particles. Not yet able to live on its own, but nurtured as it is on expectations, it is the epitome of that staged declaration to the world of the sort we know oh, so well and its exhibition of intimacy and trust.

The Khartoon shown is courtesy of Khalid Wad Albaih and must not be reproduced without his permission.

Humor is a Love Story

"Humor lets the windows remain open, invites to contradiction, enters into discussion where everyone has something to gain by convincing or being convinced, by seducing or by being seduced. It is a love story in which the roles are interchangeable".

Or that used to be the case when French culture was at its highest in the 18th century, as stated in Malaise dans l'inculture (Grasset, 2015) by Philippe Val, chronicler and essayist, and former editor of Charlie Hebdo. And when the love on humor is declared, this blog is all ears: What signifies the writings of Voltaire and Diderot is their playfulness, Val continues. Their playing with ideas resembles a dance conducted with the grace of Mozart, their contemporary.

In conversation with the sociologists of today seriousness is the omphalos. Serious in the meaning of thinking consensually, no one differing from others in their opinions and what goes beyond is seen as being suspect. That sociologization of society is the illne…

A Word on an Image of a Word or The Other Way Round

At once the violent eruption of the line spelling "Egypt": the explosion of which we have had another in Cairo today and the political implications and necessity for all to see.

Now, any discussion of philosophical aesthetics would argue the impossibility of seeing all of this at the very same time and how what we see and interpret is coordinated. Which part of recognizing the image before us is subordinated to the other: the haywire or the word? In this case I would say it is not so much what we see, but our recognition that it is all there; this is an analysis of something amiss, playing on calligraphic elegance, only all order has gone wrong and yet there is a perspective of the before and after in the longer line of that very word of the country.

In fact, I would say admiration is very much part of our recognition. We acknowledge the eye and the interpretation of Khalid Wad Albaih to create something this specific to tell us this much.

And yes, this Khartoon creates for…

On Need and Necessity

"Do you not see how necessary a World of Pains and troubles is to school an Intelligence and make it a soul?"

- Keats wrote in a letter in 1810 on the schooling of the mind, and the visual poet of today takes it upon him to create understanding through seeing. The World of Pains is reflected through a photo of the devastation as if it were a glass negative of 120 years ago while the tip of the key is transformed into a mended tent for the fleeing.

Need and Necessity are etymologically linked to poverty and torment on the one side and obligation and duty on the other - suffering and the duty to act in the very same word. The cartoon acts as the key with the bow turning to us: Where is the political solution?

The cartoon shown is courtesy of Fadi Abou Hassan and must not be reproduced without his permission.

"The struggle of man against power...

... is the struggle of memory against forgetting".

As stated by Milan Kundera in his The Book of Laughter and Forgetting and a textbook example on the notion of the color white.

White as in a blank nothingness such as the surface of a piece of paper without anything scribbled on it. To the artist at once the space of infinite possibility and the fear that it shall remain a nothingness.

The white thus challenges the ink. The meeting of pen and paper is a concrete one and where the cartoonist's pen is considered a danger, the white is the easiest counterattack at hand to erase all memory of the ink. Such as the repainting of the ruins of the villa of a nephew of Ben Ali. Its graffiti walls have been a symbol of free expression:

The cartoonist's answer is right at hand making the whitening the active force that it is visible for all to see. In Tunisia as in Morocco where Amnesty International keeps pointing out that torture is still taking place. It is the deslenguaje of po…

"Prepare your cells, we are ready"

"As there isn't a real opposition, the regime thinks that we are the opposition. That isn't our role. This means there is something wrong with the system"

The words above were spoken two months ago by Ali Lmrabet, a journalist and former editor of the satirical magazine Demain. Demain was met a long row of obstructions from the regime, ending Lmrabet in prison at one time before finally prohibiting him from publishing for 10 years. 2015 was to mark a new beginning and he was contemplating opening a new satirical magazine of which Khalid Gueddar would a key participant, only once again "the system" to stay in the lingua answered back. This time denying Lmrabet a renewal of his national ID.

The ID has been denied on a technicality, promising for another long row of legal battles, securing him from publishing all the while.

Now the turn has come to Khalid Gueddar, who has been sentenced to three months in jail for a fictional act of misconduct. The sort of ra…

Dish of the Day

Recipes are the making of a blog and since this blog is utterly lacking of those so far, let us specify the ingredients needed to the making of a "System" by Lotfi Ghariani.

- to the drawn accompaniment of Per Marquard Otzen on the letting out bombs far from home with the one hand, while keeping the door shut at home with the other on those fleeing the bombing. Note the tragic grandeur of the fleeing. They are the choir of an Antique drama singing the tale of man as opposed to the antics of bureaucratic enterprising. As performed by Danish governments since 2011 of which we had a new one Sunday week. Nothing good is expected to come of it:

By Lotfi Ghariani:
Dish of the Day: "System"
Recipe: A little bit of "Discrimination(s)" according to the guests, put in some "Division(s)", but rinse them beforehand with liquid "Democracy"!

"Media" are added to the mixture with a tweezer formatted with "Freedom" and stir gently …
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