right before Infinity

Right before “Infinity” (the way we called the meeting), MC and I were immersed for weeks and weeks in discussions and preparing our lectures. It is a rare occasion, being both of us invited as speakers in the same event. Also, for both of us – I would say, for all speakers of this event – it was a truly demanding task, in a way that is difficult to describe. How do you speak for a crowd of people that includes amazing mathematicians (Woodin, Steel among them), great art historians and philosophers? How do you say something at the same time as devoid as possible of local lingo, local to your little domain, and interesting? With the subject of the meeting, On the Infinite, of course, there were many possibilities.

We ended up waking up many times in the middle of the night, of many nights for weeks and weeks whispering  you know I’ve been thinking now of starting with the body and … /  … oh I was thinking of the corporeal too … / … but no, really it’s about the boundary between the undefinable and the defined … / oh, but not that way … and falling asleep again. Then breakfast with infinity, then in the middle of a discussion with one of my colleagues about abstract compactness and amalgamation in infinitary logics, surprising myself using a sentence that was also from the other conversation… then Lygia Clark and Poincaré, Leibniz and Florensky… and the need to trim it all…

The week-end before we revisited the Rodin Museum, where a Kiefer exhibition (homage to Rodin’s Cathédrales de France) was being shown. Somehow I feel the works we saw encapsule the atmosphere of our conversations for weeks on end before the meeting.

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y mucho, mucho más (pero después). Rodin es infinito. Kiefer hace un buen homenaje, pero se queda de verdad corto frente a la grandeza de Rodin. Désolé, Maître Kiefer.