Saturday's Rock, Aesklepios, the Folly Master

 

A Monument of Wonders associates Saturday with healing, theater and folly. Disease is the manifestation of folly, elaborating itself as symptoms to negate the concept that wisdom can be contained or possessed in the rigidified and arrogant illusions of the expert. These attempts to contain, to circumscribe or to possess wisdom plunge the so-called wise, the experts, the credentialed, into frenzies of mask-making, into desperate pantomimes, into reputation-building, into folly. The ego, with so much at stake, begins to fake it, to blow up a huge balloon of obsolete knowledge, the trash, which must be inflated and protected at all costs. Through fakery, the disease of expertise punctures the expert’s bubble of illusory wisdom. Yet in the subsequent gaseous darkness, the fool is reborn, the zero who can incubate new dreams of innocence and health.

 

Saturdays oscillate between violence and the too deadly peace of complacency, between the 4th century Greek world and the twentieth century American world, between the bigotry of an Athenian patriarch and the crime of infanticide and the bigotry of Reagan era Nazi refugees with their ghastly memories of perpetrating the holocaust. In A Monument of Wonders, Saturdays are closely paired with Thursdays.

 

Themes of Saturday are the dangers of a self-appointed elect, sexual perversion, animal exploitation, the suppression of the feminine, masks and role playing, disguises, theater and theatricality, the haunting qualities of memory, the creation of body armor, poisonous ideologies, the birth of the divine female, totem animals, the persistence of the Third Reich, eradication and cleanliness.