BIRTH AS CRITERION by Jure Detela as translated by Raymond Miller

God puts to the test, not I.

I only verify

what has been reported.

In God there is no doubt,

there is no malice.

The starry child

of Lappish legend—

a status symbol.

THEREFORE it is good luck

for me if I

move down the blade.


To transcend being

trapped in perception?


with portents of death?

How the sensuality in me scatters!

There is no more law

for my eyes.

Blood is spilled throughout the world,

but to no end.

Nothing is

consoled by it.

No guilt is washed

away by it.

It lacks a whole speck

of the world.

It seems to be

that I look through it,

though I see nothing,

nothing except for it.

Here I am smaller

than I ever was

in all the history

of the cosmos.

Just one tiny,

tiny happiness

that is not mine at all.

A spark enveloped

by a huge, compact


as if by a wrapper.

Which something alien

searches for constantly.

How lovely it is

if you relinquish

the very last defense

of the body.

And to know that

there is no small nook

in the whole cosmos

where hovering and floating

can completely commingle.

And to be condemned to

the duality of

one’s own mind,

which something totally

unknown imagines

for all eternity.


To be without

salvation for

all eternity!

And to be a huge

portent of death left

for the sovereign use

of various worlds.

Not like an angel,

who moves and who dances,

but something massive

and immobile.

Even more!

To be the only

incarnation of death.

I am the first to

proclaim its beauty

for all time.

Because I know that for

its birth it wants

only my body,

which is eternal.

And all previous


into living and dead

it declares to be wrong.

Just one fate is enough

for all eras to

blaze up in it like

a camera flash.

Nothing is forgotten

in all of history.

God learns from

my example.


– Jure Detela (b. Ljubljana, 1951; d. Ljubljana 1992) 



About josephnechvatal

Since 1986 Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer software animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation’s computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora. Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology at The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) University of Wales College, Newport, UK and occasionally teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA). His book of essays “Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality (1993-2006)” was published by Edgewise Press in 2009. In 2011 his book “Immersion Into Noise” was published by the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office in conjunction with Open Humanities Press You can follow him on Twitter at @twinkletwink Homepage here:
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