Werner Herzog: Herzog's memoirs: every man for himself and God towards all | The stone ax Science | EUROtoday

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In one in all Werner Herzog's movies, the inhabitants of a distant African village interpret in their very own approach the signal of a preventive warning for eye well being. For some the drawing was a fish and for others it was a solar. They didn’t agree, each interpreted it in a different way. In the identical approach, the athletic Maasai had been unable to climb the steps of the infirmary ladder with out concern. They did it nearly on tiptoe, as in the event that they had been going to step into the abyss.

These particulars led Herzog to contemplate, not simply the other ways of decoding a discover or a staircase, however relatively the ephemerality of the which means of the photographs. Because for Herzog, studying pictures is studying the world and that is what he says in his memoir just lately printed in Spanish beneath the title Each one on their very own and God towards everybody (Blackie Books); a juicy ebook the place science and literature are mixed with life and its limits. Without going any additional, in his documentary movie The nation of silence and darkness, Herzog introduces us to Fini Straubinger, a German girl who grew to become deaf-blind at an early age and who visits different individuals with the identical limitations. The movie aroused the curiosity of Oliver Sacks who obtained a duplicate to indicate in his courses. The relationship he maintained with Sacks led Herzog to check in depth the indicators of Linear B writing.

For those that have no idea, linear B is a writing known as that as a result of it’s made up of mixtures of indicators which are grouped into traces usually engraved on clay tablets. It is a syllabic writing utilized by the Mycenaean civilization round 1500 BC. But removed from discovering philosophical sentences or aphorisms that invite thought, Mycenaean writing was used for accounting functions.

By technique of syllables, the accounting of meals, family items or uncooked supplies equivalent to wool and metals, in addition to weapons, was saved and in addition the report of land distributions for cultivation. The issue of deciphering this writing led Herzog to contemplate the ephemerality, not solely of our lives, however of our language.

Within forty thousand years, which is similar period of time that now separates us from the Chauvet cave, all vestiges of our language can have disappeared. When this occurs, then how can we warn of the hazards of nuclear waste saved in salt barrels in New Mexico. How are we going to do it? This is what Herzog asks. Although pictorial representations are primarily based on the idea that future civilizations will know the way to learn them, the German filmmaker is aware of from expertise that a picture has a number of interpretations.

Returning to his movie shot on the finish of the sixties and titled The flying medical doctors of East Africa and contemplating the response of the inhabitants of a village to a well being warning signal the place a human eye seems, Herzog imagines that the warning about nuclear waste will likely be taken roughly as an invite to eat it, simply as if it had been a delicatessen preserved in salt.

The stone ax It is a bit the place Montero Glezwith a need for prose, workouts its explicit siege on scientific actuality to show that science and artwork are complementary types of information.

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