“…an interpretation of the nucleus of will to power must begin precisely here, with art.”[i]
If this is true for the will to power then our refutation or, better said, our search for an alternative to the will for wanting more should also start with art.
If we can imagine that artistic production and that creativity can take place without the will to power but rather through a need for being in partnership with the world, then we can also envisage a possible reorganisation of our global civilisation according to the non-capitalist lines inculcated by a Will to Necessity.
For Nietzsche, artistic creation is the most transparent manifestation of life[ii], and as such, the will to power.
This last part we reject, for we don’t see a necessity to link the will to power with life and, in fact, we see the will to power as dangerous to life and needs to be rectified if humanity is to survive in the fragile ecosystem of our world or even to achieve profound happiness (through partnership with the world).
Let us maintain that:
(i) artistic creation is the most transparent manifestation of life
and of the human need to…
(ii) establish a partnership, and harmony, between our consciousness and the world it is conscious of.
A) Art is the most transparent configuration of the Will to Necessity.
B) Art must be grasped in terms of the artist-in-the-world.
C) Art is the expansion of the concept of the world-in-us. The world is self-creating, creating to be in us.
D) Art is a longing for permanence and, as such, is the distinctive countermovement to capitalism and surplus-consumerism which adore temporality and ephemerality.
E) Art unveils the lie inside every apparent truth.
[i] Martin Heidegger, NIETZSCHE, Volume I, THE WILL TO POWER AS ART, p. 67
[ii] Friedrich Nietzsche, THE WILL TO POWER, translated by Walter Kaufmann and R.J. Hollingdale, Ed. Walter Kaufmann, Vintage Books, New York, 1968. #797, p. 419
The complete aphorism reads: The phenomenon “artist” is still the most transparent: – to see through it to the basic instincts of power, nature, etc.! Also those of religion and morality!
“Play,” the useless – as the ideal of him who is overfull of strength, as “childlike.” The “childlikeness” of God, pais paizon.