Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy

How can you have a day without a night
You’re the book that I have opened
And now I’ve got to know much more

Like a soul without a mind
In a body without a heart
I’m missing every part

*E. Hopper – Morning Sun


It strikes me as of the best quote / picture combination so far. And this is because Hopper’s art has an incredible quality of showing some nostalgic kind of emptiness, or better yet, the state of an object missing every part. It’s like our world, materially and phisically the same but missing the whole dimension of spiritual fulfillment. Argueably the song is an identical case. The feeling you get is of touching (the phisical aspect) an amazing, artistic monument that is void of the inside, of the heart.

David Chalmers, a philosopher, introduced a though experiment, in which he instructs us to imagine a world of zombies, that’s quite the same as ours from a third person point of view. The only missing detail is the consciousness, the ability of feeling anything deeply within. So it seems that Hopper is making his art with exactly the same idea, a plastic world but at the same time not at all diffrent, it’s just that his painted characters are deprived of though and emotions unlike any other famous effects of paint and brush. You bearly can tell that, looking from the outside. Massive Attack may be the soundtrack to this picture, but the girl, she can’t hear a thing.

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