what makes Sisyphus happy

Nicole Belle

Sisyphus – The Absurd Hero “The absurd is not an obstacle, it is a catalyst. We live in a world in which death is the arbiter of life: we create meaning, we invent ourselves, and we act out the dramas of our existence.”

Art Exhibition previously on in Queensland, Australia.
From Friday 05 December 2008 to Wednesday 31 December 2008
Launch Friday 05 December 2008, Opening Night and Live Performance 7.30 - 8.30pm

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Published by anonymous on Wednesday 19 November 2008.
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Albert Camus says “Sisyphus is the absurd hero. He is, as much through his passions as through his torture. His scorn of the gods, his hatred for death, and his passion for life won him that unspeakable penalty in which the whole being is exerted towards accomplishing nothing. This is the price that must be paid for the passions of this earth”. Camus is expressing his feeling that life is like a penance. He provides what he sees as the only solution: to accept it and be happy.
Robert Lane says “Art is for Camus an essential human activity and one of the most fundamental. It expresses human aspirations toward freedom and beauty, aspirations which make life valuable for each transient human being. Art defies that part of existence in which each individual is no more that a social unit or an insignificant cog in the evolution of history. …The absurd joy par excellence is creation.” For in creating a work of art the creator is living doubly in as much as his creation is a separate life.

“The artist commits himself and becomes himself in his work.”

Works of art become, then, the one means for a person to support and sustain a lucid consciousness in the face of the absurdity of the universe.

“One must imagine Sisyphus happy” Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus, 1942.

Nicole Belle will be performing the exhibition installation live. The remnants of the live performance will remain in the Cell Art Space for the duration of the show.



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