Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
The project Standing on the shoulders of giants performs and studies a speculative overlapping of three narratives: the expressions of humility in the history of science; Multi-literate relationships between three ancient teachers: Farabi, Mir Damad, and Aristotle; The parasitical and intertwined story of the evolution of lice in vestimentary semiotics.
The metaphors of humility in science goes back further than Newton’s testimony—nanos gigantum humeris insidentes—which on one hand initiates a dreadful respect for the-dead-teacher and on second hand represents a passive-aggressive ambition to achieve scale. By talking about giants we are in the dossiers of climbing, riding, and ascending the landscape of knowledge from the viewpoint of the Anthropos (the one who looks up from the Earth leaping into the beyond), a discursive anatomical relationship invoking an impossible address, recognition, fantasy and cry, towards and by the-one-who-sees-more. Parallel to that reading, bowing-before-the-master has intrigued long and scandalous communications between the cultures in the last millennia; Aristotle to the Bildung of the boys of gymnasium, Farabi’s translatorial nightmares of Aristotle’s unconcentrated thinkings, and so on.