Monday's Rock, Sandro Lingam


A Monument of Wonders associates Mondays with a quality of awareness referred to by the troubadour term “fin amor,” meaning perfect or exquisite love. Mondays explore that state of consciousness, which idolizes that which is always out of reach: the perfect romantic lover, the perfect, unsullied God, the perfect form of expression, an impossible innocence, a world without violence or pain. This is the state of consciousness always dwelling on remoteness, that which the troubadours called “amor de long.” or “distant love.” Here, one is obsessed with obstacles. Here, pain, jealousy, betrayal, persecution, conspiracies, secret cabals and codes are set up as fetishes and are worshiped as the progenitors of a morality based upon the depravations of unfilled desire. What makes the beloved valuable is the debasement that one must endure to pursue her. Those who live here, leave the mansion to inhabit the midden heap.


The central time and place for Mondays is Occitan during the time of the troubadours, just prior to one of the first and most brutal genocides in Western History: the annihilation of the heretical Cathars by orthodox Catholics. Sometimes linked with scenes from the 1980s in Phoenix, Mondays focus on events in a small sheep herders’ village in the foothills of the Pyrenees, south of Toulouse, in the last year of the 12th century. But Mondays themes are particularly fractalized throughout all sections of the Monument, because the search for that which is not dominates so many cultures across space and time.


Mondays themes elaborate experiences of the lost feminine and the disguised power of the feminine. Other themes are transformation through the experience of alternative states of consciousness, animal intelligence and animal guides, incest, prognostication, fetishism, violence and torture as a part of the natural order of the universe, the omnipotence of an indecipherable book, poetry as a jeweled mask of many layers, baffles, trickery, courtly or impossible love, linguistics and poetic technique, the problems of translation, Manichean or dualist heresies, rape, inquisition, and spiritual corruption.