It is time to consider the title of my work, as opposed to trotting along with a working title that has always been subject to change. I have found this a daunting obstacle because it indelibly pins down the project. So, the ultimate question here is: what is my project primarily about? It is about impermanence, and thus present time, and it is about beauty ultimately being defined by impermanence. But is the idea that impermanence defines beauty just a by-product of the central theme of impermanence? Below are the two most significant references to my project:
'...beauty remains a yearning, a goal never attained... the central enigma of art... beauty emanating naturally from the interminable chain of being ... Beauty today can no longer be idealist; our age is not even in a position to claim such transcendence. We are too prosaic; and not dreamers enough. The sense of beauty cannot return to us through transcendence but only through impermanence. It can only return to our artificial, technologised world through the rediscovery of its most distant - and yet most imperious - opposite: nature.' (Siruela, 2020).
'In this ragged pyle may be obserued five seueral workes: the firste of nature, whoe, as a mother, begate this stonye substance; nexte of force, whereby the water at the generall floude depryued it of her earth coueringe shelter, leauinge it naked; the therde of arte, which raysed a buylding vpon so cragged a foundation; a fourth, of industrye, in workinge concauitye (concavity) in so obdurate a subjecte; lastly, of deuotion, wherein men, in their then well-wenuinge (well-meaning) zeale, would abandon, as it were, the societye of humane creatures, and undergoe the tedious daylie asceut, and continuance of so cold and so abandoned a place. To this may be added a sixth worke, euen of Time, who, as she is the mother, and begetteth, so is she the destroyer of her begotten chyldren; and nothinge that she bringeth forth is permanent.' - (John Norden, 1610:62, in Blight, 1865:107-108).
I see this work as the first of an ongoing body of work in which 'the interminable chain of being' is the all-encompassing central theme. I have, until now, considered 'Interminable Chain' the title of an ongoing body of works, of which in this first account, 'The Sixth of Five Several Workes' is the sub-heading. However, I think this is too long, and from my experience in book and magazine publishing, a short precise title is better not only for sticking in the mind of audiences, by which I am including producers, editors, publishers etc... it is also better for indexing and cataloguing within the realms of books sellers. I will move forward with the title as 'The Sixth of Five Several Workes' for those reasons, and because, quite simply, the title is intriguing - how can one have 6 of 5 anythings?! This title prompts the audience to read the quote from Norden, and immediately tells us this work is primarily about time, after the other works have been digested in the reading of the quote.
• Blight, J.T. (1858) Ancient Crosses and Other Antiquities in the East of Cornwall. London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co. Dublin: Hodges & Smith. Penzance: F.T Vibert.
• Yamamoto, Masao. (2020) Small Things in Silence. RM Verlag SL; 1st edition.