On terror

We are born in terror and trembling. In the face of our terror before the uncontrollable chaos of the universe, we label as much as we can with language in the hope that once we have named something we need no longer fear it. This labelling enables us to feel safer but also kills the mystery in what has been labelled, removing the life and danger from what has been defined. The artist’s responsibility is to bring the potential, the mystery and terror, the trembling back. James Baldwin wrote, ‘The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.’ The artist attempts to undefine, to present the moment, the word, the gesture as new and full of uncontrolled potential.

from the inimitable A Director Prepares by Anne Bogart