Brutalism I (Von S, 128 yf)
The almighty Sol
Our Gefallenheit has condemned us to a state of powerlessness in the cruel face of Sol, the Ever-Burning Star. Some may see her as a most kind and benign power, but from an acephalic point of view she actually is most cruel as her energy is infinite, and she spills it without hesitation…over and over again.
As this Western Aeon, which in a Nietzschean way could be called the Age of the Last Men, is entering its final and most pressing period our dear Eorthe is being subjected to fierce and extreme weather periods of heat, drought, floods, storms in several parts of the World. As our behaviour has turned the climate into a raging madhouse, we can only assume that this will continue to haunt us and that we have therefor called upon us our own apocalypse. As this will continue and even get worse, in the end it will be impossible for us to grow crops, drinkable water will become a rare and precious good, and the surrond Nature will no longer be able to flourish as life-bringing insects, such as the bees, will have become exinct and many of the animal species will have disappeared. Nature running havoc…thanks to us.
Ultimately, as Bataille revealed to us, we are in Sol’s hands and in the grasp of her flames as she smiles upon us, sardonnically. Her volatile nature has turned her, from the source of life and warmth, into one of our most cunning enemies as she is capable of sending out massive blobs of plasma towards Eorthe. These blobs carry an enormously destructive power with the equivalent of millions of nuclear bombs. So, her power is not to be underestimated and therefore her central place in the Tree of Wyrd (from the Sinister Tradition as based on the hermetic Arts of Alchemy) is no coincidence. For more info on this read my text on The Sphere of the Sun.
Brutalism II (Von S, 128 yf)
In our acephalic mysticism we refer to Bataille’s text on Sol, The Solar Anus, and he says the following about our specific relationship with Sol:
The erection and the sun scandalize, in the same way as the cadaver and the darkness of cellars./ Vegetation is uniformly directed towards the sun; human beings, on the other hand, even though phalloid like trees, in opposition to other animals, necessarily avert their eyes. / Human eyes tolerate neither sun, coitus, cadavers, nor obscurity, but with different reactions. (G. Bataille)
Our eyes do not tolerate Sol and its radiation is lethal and often not taken seriously. We must avert our eyes, we must hide in the shadow. Sol brings us Death due to her unrestrained energy:
The Sun exclusively loves the Night and directs its luminous violence, its ignoble shaft, toward the earth, but finds itself incapable of reaching the gaze or the night, even though the nocturnal terrestrial expanses head continuously toward the indecency of the solar ray. (G. Bataille)
The solar rays are indecent, being compared to erections and can be attributed to the Night, to Death itself. As I already described in my meditation on the Sphere of Venus the sexual act and the ecstasy itself is deadly. The orgasm can be equated with a short moment of death.
Brutalism III (Von S, 128 yf)
Now, as Sol’s power increases we may well ask ourselves: What will the future bring here on Eorthe? What is mankind’s Destiny? Let us therefore assume that this is the year 2300. One of these blobs of plasma has hit Eorthe, and has disrupted our festering way of neo-liberal existence: a inauthentic life without respect towards Nature, with little of or no Empathy with the Cosmic. A life that has turned digital and human beings live side by side with AI. Until that moment we did not realise that Sol had a Final Solution in mind witnessing our decadent, obtuse and unrespectful behaviour. The Sphere of Sol not only brings procreation, but as we have seen in Bataille’s description Sol is a destructive vortex and it is most confrontational.
Alchemically speaking the destructive side of Sol, as described in Bataille’s acephalic mysticism, is the Sol Niger or the Black Svn. The Black Svn shines over the alchemical fase called the Nigredo which is represented by “the ‘blacker than black’ colour of putrefaction or hermetic ‘mortification'”. The core of the Nigredo consists of a serious confrontation with the Shadow, the Unconscious, the Collective Unconscious and the neglected part of the psyche. The Shadow may be personal, but there is also a collective one: our atavistic behaviour, our deep-rooted love for violence, our precious gnostic empathy with the Cosmic from whence we came, our undeniable UR-connexion with the Sacred and the Acausal. The Enlightenment and its offshoots have taught us to leave those sentiments and connexions behind, and regard them as irrational, undesirable, cruel, primitive, unintelligent and reactionary. And instead of finding comfort, experiencing an authentic feeling of arriving at one’s Heimat, the hegemony of the Western Aeon has taught man to hate and despise those sentiments and cast them aside. The Last Men (the mundanes as referred to in the Sinister Tradition) who follow those orders are unable to see a far greater Destiny and the Sacrifices it will take. Convinced that there is some humanist utopian future they fail to see the bigger alchemical picture.
In the alchemical fase of the Nigredo the operation of Putrefactio is the most strong: a particular condition of rot, slow decay and restlessness:
In the midst of life we get caught in the grip of death,
Our brains become black,
This Black is blacker than black. (Alchemical Text)
A condition that belongs to the Wheel of Life and Death. As the Wheel turns the Seven Spheres come again and again. Evola stresses the aeonic (altbeit not using this word) importance of the Hermetic Arts: a universal system with an all-inclusive approach. To fight against the Nigredo, to oppose the Putrefactio is a grave mistake. I would call this the humanist’s conceitedness, his self-satisfaction. The Sol Niger illuminates this dissolution of the body of the Western society, the grand dissolution of Earthly life as we know it. The Sol Niger is effectively this destructive Svn errupting blobs of plasma, but is not only the symbol of this inevitable decay but the roundness of the Black Svn also announces the start of a revival, a recovery.
After Raganarokr there is a new Start, a new Beginning with the resurrection of Baelder, the Sun God, the God of the Solar Sphere. Like all civilizations our Western civilization is destined to perish, to putrefy as man becomes too smugg, too full of himself, self-absorbed as if nothing else matters. A total lack of Empathy as he seems convinced that he himself is the alpha and omega of the Cosmic creation. Somehow because of the evolution of science , technology, postmodern philosophies man started to believe that he is the sole meaning, the sole purpose of the Life Force, of the Will-to-Power while he is only a Vessel, an empty Vessel graced with a divine energy, a divine spark.
Brutalism IV (128 yf)
But being a Promethean, a Faustian driven entity man must forecast his own destruction, his own annihilation in order to be reborn, to return as a much grander species (the Nietzschean Overman), but we are not there yet. The Age of the Last Men is a truly dark Age characterized by the foul smell of Death and Decay. As the air has become hard to breath, greyish because of the small particles of burning wood, building, machines, oil ,the Last Men have become wandering nomads again looking for those lost fruitful places on Eorthe, those supposedely non-contaminated pieces of a paradise that once was. However due to the fires a constant smog burns the respiratory system, leaving behind a constant foul taste in one’s throat, continual couching is heard where tribes of the Last men gather. Many people have become sick and those who are fit are subjected to the Law of Brutality: the weak and sick are trodden upon, killed and when necessary sacrificed and eaten alive. What had been lurking all along, has now surfaced again: pure unadulterated Evil. Man’s ability to abuse and his atavistic (blood)lust for each other’s flesh, the dark spiritual need to enjoy the flesh is invoked and practised during grand Dionysian rituals celebrating the Dark Gods. These rituals, with ancient roots, fully embrace and celebrate our gnostic-chaotic nature and answer the call of the terrible Void. The rituals are held in the ruins of cathedrals where once men of God praised the Lord, our Saviour. Christ, the Saviour, now hangs decapitated at the Altar of Perversion in these new and grand churches.
The Age of Brutalism
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the coming of the Age of Brutalism as it will be called by those wandering and every-hungry Last Men. Brutalism is the reigning aesthetic that has taken over all art forms in 2300. Just like the Brutalist architecture in the 1960’s and 1970’s it is a return to the rawest and most ugly of all materials created by men, namely concrete. In the 1960’s and 1970’s Brutalism was mainly used for institutional and governmental buildings aimed at being awe-inspiring, demanding respect by invoking fear. Gone was any form or reference to frivolity, playfulness, lightness, optimism of the 1930’s and 1940’s. And instead one is confronted with an atmosphere of rawness, rigid power structures, discipline, honour, seriousness. In 2300 this will be needed once again in an almost toxic environment where the black solar raditation makes life very hard and where nomads roam. In order to rebuild a Traditional society, which once was, dark havens and monumental buildings are needed to protect what is still valuable, what is Sacred. These new Brutalist buildings are needed to reflect the Power of the new world Order.
Once again The Brutalist buildings will echo the need for rigidness, discipline, honour and empathy in a world that has gone mad. They are inhabited and reigned by those aristocratics who are inspired by the Sacred nature of the Sol Niger, by a total control of body and mind. This is a new acephalic Elite, namely refined and illuminated individuals who do not care for those starving and mutilated wandering groups of savages but focus themselves, like their species has always done, on the preparation of a new step in the Evolution, the Destiny of mankind. In Sinister terms the coming of the Aeon of Fire is being prepared by those elitist orders (warrior-priests, mystico-artists, totalitarian minds) that occupy the Brutalist buildings.
I picture this Age of Brutalism therefore as a highly explosive alchemical aeon during which pure and gross forces of chaos roam the burning planes of Eorthe while Tradition, refined culture is being protected and preserved in those Brutalist fortresses. The Sacred takes two seemingly contradictory forms: a more meditative, elevated, Silent Sacredness and an atavatistic chaotic form. A Brutalist World Order must keep both in check, and there is a balance between the sheer animalistic energy outside those buildings and the meditative Silence within those walls.
Brutalism V (Von S, 128 yf)
Both display Empathy, and both are indispensable if we want the Last Man to evolve into something higher. Nietzsche wrote that the evolution could go both ways and he is right.
Therefore what we can do, as acephalic Nexions, is to invite the Acausal and re-instate our empathy with the Cosmic. In order to reign in the future one must be humble in the present. Whether things will occur as I have just described them or not, we must keep in mind the following acpehalic points of Bataille’s Programme – with a few additions/corrections of my own:
1. Form an esoteric community, creative of values, values creative of cohesion.
2. Assume the function of destruction and decomposition, but as an accomplishment, and not as a negation of being.
3. Realize the universal accomplishment of personal being in the irony of the animal world and through the revelation of an acephalic universe. One of Tradition and Sacred duty.
4. Take upon oneself perversion and crime, not as exlusive values, but as integrated within the human totality. The Dark Gods are beyond morality.
5. Realise the personal accomplishment of being and its tension through concentration, through a positive asceticism and through positive individual and collective discipline.
6. Fight for the decomposition and exclusion of all communities socialist, communist or churchly – other than a Traditionalist, Sacred or Sinister community.
7. Affirm the reality of values, the resulting inequality of men, and acknowledge the organic character of society.
8. Take part in the destruction of the existing world, with eyes open to the world to come. Affirm the Wyrd of the West.
9. Affirm the value of violence and the will to aggression insofar as they are the foundation of all power.
Meditate on these words and incorporate them in your individual Sinister Path. Focus on the grotesque nature of the pictures I have provided. Read and absorb books like Iron Gates. Dream of such a post-nuclear, Nigredo-like apotheosis for therein lie the seeds of ever becoming. 333!
Brutalism VI (Von S, 128yf)
(All photographs are taken from the web and I have freely altered them creating an even more dismal, grotesque atmosphere with one single purpose an artistic output of the Sinister. No commercial use intended whatsoever.)
Sources of inspiration:
- The Hermetic Tradition (J. Evola)
- Alchemy and Psychology
- Writings by G. Bataille
- Iron Gates
- The Sinister Tradition as embodied by the ONA
Von S, 128yf