We begin our final descent into hell, tumbling down its ledges like the trash thrown from Akio Suzuki’s garbage can in Kaidan ni Mono wo Nageru. We are pulled by gravity.
(link for Suzuki: https://issueprojectroom.org/news/akio-suzuki-aki-onda)
We find ourselves in the frozen wasteland gazing out toward Lucifer, locked in the ice, at the center of the universe. As the frozen path begins to fracture beneath us, we run, and leap onto his hairy haunches to climb our way out of hell.
When we had reached the point at which the thigh
revolves, just at the swelling of the hip,
my guide, with heavy strain and rugged work,
reversed his head to where his legs had been
and grappled on the hair, as one who climbs —
I thought that we were going back to Hell.
As we climb, it seems that gravity and our compass fall apart. Are we climbing up? Down?
Where is the ice? And how is he so placed
head downward? Tell me, too, how has the sun
in so few hours gone from night to morning?
As we reach the center of the Earth, our confusion increases.
I raised my eyes, believing I should see
the half of Lucifer that I had left;
instead I saw him with his legs turned up;
and if I then became perplexed, do let
the ignorant be judges — those who can
not understand what point I had just crossed.
Without gravity without echo
The weightless center of the earth is an anechoic chamber at the core of this infernal inverted beehive.
you passed the point to which, from every part, all weights are drawn
Gravity begins to lift us and we fly sightless away from evil. We feel for the vibrations of our fellow travelers."
Sterling Basement is John Roach (USA), Jason Glasser (France), Jerome Lorichon (France), Craig Dongoski (USA), and Carlo Giordani (Italy).
Part of the Inferno project to imagine and compose the sounds of Dante’s Hell, marking the 700th anniversary of The Divine Comedy. To find out more, visit http://www.citiesandmemory.com/inferno