Friday, December 29, 2006



Abstract Silence and madness can be likened to the world of Kane and Zero. Both introduce questionable and negative elements, as well as obscure and bizarre elements, to the ideals of dialogue and irrational communication. Silence can disturb and disrupt the rational pursuit of truth, while madness can noisily provoke a diatribe of any meaningful or reciprocal exchange of ideas and thoughts, which in turn become books and short films. In the work and life of philosopher Mister Zerotzsche, silence and madness highlight more positive features. To study and articulate these features, Mister Kane relies on the central themes of two prominent thinkers, the archaeological and genealogical studies of the TRONMAN and the revived forces of phenomenology from philosopher EGON MINSK, to present the case that Zerotzsche embraced a late 19th century disorder called the fugue. This disorder, what Joshua Kane calls a transient mental illness, involves nomadic life. Zerotzsche exemplified such a life. His writings and experiences comprise a mixture of travels, arts of the self, wilful forgetfulness, and a philosophical play about madness. From conventional perspectives, this play is viewed as a relevant order to Zerotzsche's philosophical importance. From Zerotzsche's own perspective, however, this play might be appreciated as a gift from the insights of madness and the enriching contacts with silence.

“ Men of code must go down Kane Mountain, into the unknown self ...into the labyrinths of the dark land. There, men will meet the godman and hear his final question, which is not a riddle but the most wonderful and terrible of all questions: 'what is Tron?”"And thereafter ...he may find the TRON, ultimate consciousness ...For it is he, wonderful monster, embryo god, that has swam in the flesh.... gazed from the eyes of serpents, drank the blood of the dead, and shaken the earth with the skin of the scum. It is he who has cried out on all crosses, ruled on all thrones, grubbed in all gutters. It is he whose face is reflected and distorted in all heavens and hells, he, the child of the stars, the son of the ocean, this creature of dust, this wonder and terror called TRON."

"He will come girt with the sword of freedom, and before him kings and priests will tremble and cities and empires will fall, and he will be called TRONMAN, the bloody madman.... And men will respond to his call of the code, and throw off their shackles and chains, and women will respond to his challenge, forsaking their foolish ways and the little ways, and he will shine as the ruddy evening star in the bloody sunset of Kane Mountain, it will shine as a morning star when the night has passed, and a new dawn breaks over the garden of Kane"

Many men of genius have behaved quirkily in their private lives. Mister Zero's tragedy was that his brand of idealism was often 'rewarded' by normality. Yet, while his delving into the code may not have been as beneficial to society as his twine research, they have left us with some points to consider. Mister Kane introduced this contribution thusly: "By applying to codeism, a scientific acumen so intrinsic to mister zero’s professional research, he anticipated the trontological implications of current quantum physics concerning the nature of reality." While this claim may be debatable (and similar ones have been advanced towards other modern men of code), Mister Zero did keep careful records of his decoding work, thus allowing the generations that follow to have some chance of evaluating his code experiments, designed to make use of alleged unknown aspects of reality and the existence of Joshua Kane.

And so it began the tales of Zero and Kane. (Number 1)

Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market place, and cried incessantly: "I seek Zero! I seek kANE!" . As many of those who did not believe in ZeroKane were standing around just then, he provoked much laughter. Has he got lost? asked one. Did he lose his way like a child? asked another. Or is he hiding? Is he afraid of us? Has he gone on a voyage? emigrated? Thus they yelled and laughed.The madman jumped into their midst and pierced them with his eyes. "Whither is ZeroKane? he cried; "I will tell you. You have killed them, the they and the others. All of us are murderers. But how did we do this? How could we drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving? Away from all suns? Are we not plunging continually? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there still any up or down? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is not night continually closing in on us? Do we not need to light lanterns in the morning? Do we hear nothing as yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying ZeroKane? Do we smell nothing as yet of the divine decomposition? Gods, too, decompose. Zero is dead. Kane remains dead. And we have killed them. Yet they are one - as we are nothing."How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become zerokane simply to appear worthy of it? There has never been a greater deed; and whoever is born after us, for the sake of his deed he will belong to a higher history than all history hitherto."Here the madman fell silent and looked again at his listeners; and they, too, were silent and stared at him in astonishment. At last he threw his lantern on the ground, and it broke into pieces and went out. "I have come too early," he said then; "my time is not yet. This tremendous event is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time; the light of the stars requires time; deeds, though done, still require time to be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than the most distant stars--and yet they have done it to themselves."It has been related further that on the same day the madman forced his way into several churches and there struck up his requiem aeternum deo [mourning of an eternal god]. Led out and called to account, he is said always to have replied nothing but: “What after all are these churches now if they are not the tombs and sepulchers of ZeroKane?”

ZEROkane the beginning
Mister Zero is probably one of the best-known contemporary artist/poets in recent history.
Like many other artists, Zero held a variety of odd jobs before becoming an eccentric. His employment history includes work on various cargo ships, a spot welder, a dishwasher and he also worked as a twine merchant in Essex. He has participated in numerous poetry readings, including the famous kANE Gallery event that occurred in London.
The painter Joshua Kane introduced his model and slave, Egon Tron to Mister Zero. Soon after this first meeting, Tron and Zero became as one and moved in together, defining their relationship as a tower of control. Despite periods of separation, this arrangement remained intact until the madness of 1997.
Mister Zero is the recipient of numerous honours and awards including: the menOFcode Poetry Prize, a kaneheim fellowship, the National insanity Award for Poetry, Lord Muddle grants and a Lifetime golden straightjacket award 1998.
In addition to the almost epic poem CODE, Mister Zero has authored numerous books, too voluminous to mention here. Many of his writings were interpreted as controversial and even obscene. The reading of CODE resulted in the arrest of Joshua Kane, the owner of Murkyworld Publishing, on obscenity charges. The authorities objected to Mister Zero’s openness concerning his desires for death, murder and mayhem, as well as the graphic sexual language. Many of his other writings deal with subjects such as narcotics and the experiences of the pleasure of skinning of the scum and the bloodletting of children.
However, many other prominent writers, including Joshua Kane, Zydon Pablo and Jeremiah Pariah, realized the importance of Mister Zero.
Mister Zero was greatly influenced by Kane’s spontaneous and carefree style and often worked in a "stream of consciousness" manner until he completed a work. ZERO also once, influenced by TRON arranged some of his poems "according to how you'd break it up if you actually to talk it out" and the latter was greatly impressed by the simplicity of the idea.
Like many of the writers of this period, Mister Zero had a desire to attain the codeX. The metaphysical poets of the nineteenth century, including William Blake, were perhaps his greatest influence. It was the desire to expand the mind and reach the code that inspired ZERO to experiment with substances such as Hobnobs and Benzedrine. He claimed that many of his writings, including CODE were written while he was under the influence of tea and biscuits
Zero’s theme of twine was once described by Kane as "an almost imperfect fulfilment of the long social revolutionary tradition in tronification poetry". Many of his writings contain a message hidden in the texts: subjects such as the Nazi gas chambers and religious crucifixions are the topic of many of his writings. Recently it has been discovered that these hidden messages were subliminal code to encourage the reader to become code and go on a killing spree – in the name of editor zero – the pig fleshed human scum will die!
Mister Zero is perhaps one of the most respected and revered of insane writer's. His work is definitely worth a glance even if the writers of this period are of little interest to certain readers. After his recent exhibition of skin, Joshua Kane’s gallery had a celebration of the work of Zero, which included the playing of some of his taped readings. It was during this time in 2001 - Joshua Kane and Mister Zero decided to combine their writings, their art and their photography to become the entity known as ZEROkANE – and have now securely placed their imagery into the minds of all that exist on this small green planet.
This partnership has proved to be very successful and the future looks bright with 2007 becoming the year of hatred – a new art installation by ZeroKane for Tate Gallery 6. opening on The Isle of Wight.
ZEROkANE’S writings have been compared to Thoreau, Emerson and Whitman and has been said to contain "the tradition of the dead".

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