Genealogy (2020)


I welcome you to Genealogy (2020). In this series I respond, in visual form, to Nietzsche’s chilling take on personal identity:

'We are unknown to ourselves, we knowers: and for a good reason. We have never sought ourselves—how then should it happen that we find ourselves one day...As for the rest of life, the so-called "experiences"—who of us even has enough seriousness for them? Or enough time?...[M]uch as a divinely distracted, self-absorbed person into whose ear the bell has just boomed its twelve strokes of noon suddenly awakens and wonders, "What did it actually toll just now?", so we rub our ears afterwards and ask, completely amazed, completely disconcerted, "What did we actually experience just now?" Still more: "Who are we actually?"...We remain of necessity strangers to ourselves, we do not understand ourselves, we must mistake ourselves.' — Frederich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality