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Lovely site. I saw the piece in Dublin last year, superb. Have a friend who has recently had a Lung Transplant, and my Father left his body to medical science so was most intrigued. Been reading Maylis de Kerangal's Mend the Living, and Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air, one fictional account of the journey of a heart destined for transplant and its human reactors, and the other a Neurosurgeon's memoir., during the writing of which the metaphysical ruminations become very physical indeed as he recieves his own terminal diagnosis. It's a timely frontier to travel. .
I love that Wet Heart Overture. I like Existential Art, Sartre, Kundera, Kienholz, Viola etc. But it's all conceptual until people start dying on you! I was with my Mother and later my Partner as they were dying. One minute there, one minute gone. But I remain an atheist still not believing in an afterlife. We just stop being alive that's all......... Loved dead people do stay with for a while though. I have got Nadine Baylis sitting on my shoulder like a parrot at the moment.
astounding document; will write to you anon --
At one point though she came very close to bringing the body and the soul, or the mind, together and then it diverged again. Just briefly.
It was really like for me the subject matter was so gut wrenching but it was extremely soothing throughout.. the music was so ephemeral, amazing.
My soul? Yeah, I guess so yeah. I suppose that’s something that I’ve had to kind of think about for a while now afterwards.
“And the words that she used and different sounds she created were really funny and I didn’t expect them to be funny. So until about halfway through I was like god this is very grim like, and then it became hilarious and I didn’t expect that to happen.”
“I wasn’t really thinking about my experience, I was like really in the moment. It made me feel very very nauseous at the beginning and I really really wanted to leave.”
“I suppose having fetishised certain parts of my body, the heart and stuff like that, I loved that bit because for years and years I’ve asked myself how is the heart connected to love when it’s like chemicals in the brain? So I loved that kind of section.”