NOVEMBER 12, 2014
N I R D V A N D V A: TRANSCENDING OPPOSITES AT FIELD SATELLITE
BY KEVIN GRIFFIN
So what appealed to me about the show? First of it it’s that odd word: Nirdvandva. It intrigued me. I also liked how it sounded.
It’s the kind of word that you might think is a typo for Nirvana (In fact, Google asked the exact same thing in a search as did the spellcheck for this blog platform.) It’s not: that’s how the word is spelled. The didactic information provided by the exhibition says that it’s a Sanskrit word that refers to a person’s ability to be free from dualities. It goes on to explain that it was popularized by psychologist Carl Jung who used it to discuss dialectics a la Friedrich Hegel and transcendence…
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