Arača

© Luna Jovanović

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Arača is a medieval Romanesque church ruin located about 12 km north of Novi Bečej, Serbia. It was built around 1230 during administration of the Kingdom of Hungary.

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‘Osnova ove impozantne crkve kao i prostorni raspored karakterističan je za franjevačke crkve u prelaznoj varijanti romanogotičkog stila (polukružni, blago prelomljeni luci i uzani, polukružno završeni prozori) upućuju na mogućnost da je građena krajem XII ili početkom XIII veka.’

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Museum of Alchemists

Take a look at this enchanting farmacy-museum that I found in Krakow (Poland). Accommodated in a 15th century townhouse, this museum is a marvelous trace of Europe’s greatest magicians. Most of the items in them museum belonged to Michael Sendivogius (1566-1636), an enigmatic alechemist.

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Poljski lekar i alhemičar, Michael Sendivogius (1566-1636), pisac nekoliko pseudonaučnih/ filozofskih dela, te i ‘šiifrovanih’ alhemisjkih dokumenata poput  De Lapide Philosophorum, Novum Lumen Chymicum, Alchemistae et Naturae. Kralj Szigmund III  omogućio mu je sopstvene laboratorijske prostorije u okviru Wawel dvorca u Krakovu, kao i Rudolf II u Pragu gde je boravio i istraživao. Savremena muzej-laboratorija smeštena je u neuglednoj zgradi iz petanestog veka u centru Krakova, a ono što je mene posebno obradovalo jeste nekolicina autentičnih predmeta iz originalne laboratorije. Sendivogius je bio prilično enigmatična ličnost svog doba – smatra se prvim naučnikom koji je postulirao da vazduh sadrži ‘mističnu supstancu’ čija snaga omogućava sav život (hrana životu, zapisao je…) Još poznatije kolege bile su mu John Dee i Edward Kelley koje bi konsultovao prilikom poseta univerzitetima i dvorskim odajama širom Evrope.

Apoteka sa fotografija smeštena je na tri sprata i svaki predstavlja poseban istorijski period. Meni najzanimljiviji bio je ovaj pomalo romatizovani ‘Sendivogius’, upravo tu kriju se naznake izvorne dokumentacije u vidu simbola: orao, ouroboros, jagnje, Negro, lav… Egzotične preparirane životinje doputovale su iz Indije nekada davno kada je medicina Evrope konsultovala Ajur- vedske praktikante…

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Photo: Luna Jovanovic

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Grad Kusko (Peru)

” The life of civilized peoples in pre –  Columbian America is a source of wonder to us, not only in its discovery and instantaneous disappearance, but also because of its bloody eccentricity, surley the most extreme ever concieved by an aberrant mind. Continious crime comitted in broad daylight for the mere satisfaction of deified nightmares, terrifying phantasmas, priests’ cannibalistic meals, ceremonial corpses, and streams of blood evoke not so much the historical adventure, but rather the blinding debauches described by the illustrious Marquis de Sade.”

‘This observation  applies, it is true, mostly to Mexico. It may be that Peru represents a singular mirage, an incandescence of solar gold, a gleam, a troubling burst of wealth, but this does not correspond to reality. Cuzco, the capital of the  Inca empire,  lay on plateau, at the foot of a sort of fortified acropolis. The city was massive, of a heavy grandeur. Tall, tached houses, built in squares, of enormous rocks, with no exterior windows, no ornamentation, gave to the streets a somewhat dreary, sordid look. The architecture of the temples which looked down upon the roofs was equally bare; only the pediment was wholly covered with plaque of beaten gold. To this  gold we must add the  brilliantly colored fabrics which clothed the rich and elegant, but nothing could quite dispel the impression of wild seediness and, above all, of deadly uniformity.”

Georges Bataille, October

 Writings on Laughter, Sacrifice, Nietzche, Un- Knowing

Photography: Luna Jovanović

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