ALEXANDER KLUGE: The cosmos is cold.
HEINER MÜLLER: Dreamless.
ALEXANDER KLUGE: Dreamlessly cold.
Marcellvs L.’s work moves on the line separating presence from absence, the consistency of reality from its inconsistency. It indicates the space of undecidability between 0 and 1 or, to put it in philosophical terms, between nothingness and reality. Infinitesimal calculus studies the infinitely small (infinitesimal) intervals in the various fields of mathematics. I think that Marcellvs’s work does the same; but with the means of art. We can distinguish between two registers, the register of finitude (which is constituted reality, the world of real numbers) and the register of infinitude (which describes the unreality of zero or of nothingness). Translated into Lacanian categories, this would be the difference of reality from the real. Everything is decided by the differentiation between these two orders, of which the first marks consistency, the second, inconsistency.
I believe that Marcellvs ultimately insists on the undecidability of the register of consistency from that of inconsistency. Time and again, his films point toward the spectral dividing line that ties these registers together as much as it separates them from each other. Hence the ghostly streak of his work. The ground and the groundlessness of the abyss coincide. Reality and unreality are crossed, and as they cross, they engender a phantomlike interstitial zone that lets our certainties falter. I would accordingly speak of the implicit ontology in Marcellvs’s work. Ontology occupies itself with being and with presence.