Emil et un Cioran - La Chambre d'Emil C.

Une célébration en voix, chairs, images et musiques orchestrée par Les Arts et Mouvants, cie à l'endroit des mondes allant vers Les Arts et Mouvants.

Music: Sofia Koubli 
Video: Roland Quelven 

Emil et un Cioran - Constantin meets Emil C.

Constantin meets Emil C.
Une célébration en voix, chairs, objets, images et musiques orchestrée par Les Arts et Mouvants, cie à l'endroit des mondes allant vers Direction artistique : Laurent Schuh en collaboration avec Karelle Prugnaud Texte établi par Emil Romanski et Litana soledad;
Avec la participation de Miron Agafitei ( voix ), Marie Beldiman-Popescu.
Music composed by Sofia Koubli.

Emil et un Cioran - Cioransité 11

Emil et un Cioran - Cioransité 11
Les Arts et Mouvants

Emil Cioran : la mélancolie et la mort (1934)

Emil Cioran : la mélancolie et la mort (1934)
Présentation et lecture
Jean-Michel Dufays

A Portrait of Civilized Man - Cioran

A Portrait of Civilized Man
E. M. Cioran and Marthiel Mathews
The Hudson Review
Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring, 1964), pp. 9-20

The Hudson Review was founded in 1947 by Frederick Morgan and Joseph Bennett, both Princeton University alumni, class of 1943. They were students in the first creative writing course that was taught at Princeton by the poet Allen Tate. The two students became editors of the college's Nassau Literary Magazine, and Allen Tate advised them to begin their own literary magazine once they completed their service in World War II. Volume I, Number 1 of The Hudson Review was published in spring 1948, and the quarterly magazine has been in continuous publication in New York City ever since. In 1998, Frederick Morgan turned over the Editorship to Paula Deitz, who joined the magazine in 1967 and became co-editor in 1975. The Hudson Review has no university affiliation and is not committed to any narrow academic aim or to any particular political perspective.

Jenseits - Cioran II

Jenseits – Cioran II – Lyrics / Notes – English

Emile Cioran

It means
Doing the void around yourself
Erasing reality
Considering the world just as a pretense

Around The Corner

It’s just around the corner

A. Ferrara’s “The Addiction” in the end of the song…

Another Day (The Cure)

Creature Remnants

(I relit the cigarette… what a shame…)
Potties, adolescents, wimps
Metaphysical menopauses
A creature remnant
A wild eyed puppet

My Anesthesia

Circulate, blood
Go through your flexible way
Customized for your running

Circulate, blood
Go through your flexible way
Blow up the temples and heart
Give me a good mood

Going On With Cowardly

I’m entering
Going on with cowardly
The innermost being of things


Jenseits – Cioran – Lyrics / Notes – English

It’s Worth It

I painted the terrace,
The walls, the railings
For four hours
During which
I didn’t think about anything
It’s worth it.

Text taken from the memoirs of Emile Cioran. On the lines of: “I don’t believe that my total lack of adherence to the world is a matter of pride, I don’t have this alibi. It just belongs to all my being, everything I am not”.


My gray substrate is irrigating
My material substrate
My pineal gland
With large drafts
Neuroses are cleared away
And full
My cave silences
With fitter simpers

A little jingle (as it seems in Italian) by the author.
Voices in the last part are taken from “The Driller Killer”, the first non-porn movie by Abel Ferrara. A girl wants her boyfriend to finish and sell his painting to make some money.


I was made for futility
And for frivolity
But sufferings
Pounced on me

Emile Cioran again. From his “diary”, where this lyric goes on to end like this: “… Condemning me to seriousness, for which I haven’t got any aptitude.” And again: “I am not a writer, I can’t find the right words to explain what I feel, what I suffer. ‘Talent’ is concerned with being able to fill the distance that is between life and language. For me, this distance is always there, empty, and it’s impossible to fill or to avoid. I leave in an automated sadness, I’m an elegiac robot”.

The Eye Tail

Behind the corner – in the eye tail
Behind the corner – receving nervation
Behind the corner – darkling admixture of possibilities
Behind the corner – something like dreaming energy
Behind the corner – in the eye tail

Wrote this song several years ago…

The Roosters

This is from “The Driller Killer” again: The killer and a girl are in a pub where a punk group called the Roosters are making their exhibition…

The Tenant

This is for “The Tenant” by Roman Polanski. The voices are from the Italian edition of the movie.

As If In A Dream

I’m always playing
I’m always playing

It’s Worth It [reprise]

You’ll never be full of that
You will always be looking for that
Preferably where there is not
Because without sadness
Everything will look futile and cloudy

These last lines are from Cioran, who simply wrote as an aphorism: “I hesitate”.

Belborn - Des Lebens Müde (Dedicated to Emil Cioran) Deutsch/Polski

Belborn was the neofolk, experimental and traditional music works of German musicians Holger F. (Holger Fiala and Susanne H. (Susanne Hora-Fiala)

W hołdzie francusko-rumuńskiemu myślicielowi E. Cioranowi.
Wykorzystałem fragmenty rumuńskiego filmu dokumentalnego "Apocalipsa dupa Cioran".

Reading Cioran - On the Heights of Despair - I Do Not Know ( Polski - English subtitles)

Starring: Laura Pawelat and her mother,

Cioran, Philosophische Vitamine

Philosophie war über einen langen Zeitraum der Antike eine Übung, eine Praxis. In dieser praktischen Philosophie geht es in erster Linie um Ethos, weniger um die Verkettung von Lehrsätzen. Wer Denksysteme kreiert, egal wie ausgefeilt, kritisch oder rhetorisch brilliant ist noch kein Philosoph. Erst dort, wo Wissen Ethos bildet, zu einer Haltung wird, beginnt die Philosophie.

Philosophische Vitamine markieren die Übergänge vom Denken zum Handeln, von Lehre zum Leben, vom Kopf zur Verkörperung. Vitaminöse Denker/innen wie Diogenes von Sinope, Diotima, Sokrates, Epiktet, Epikur, Theresa von Avila, Hildegard von Bingen, Montaigne, Nietzsche und Emile Cioran geben uns auf je verschiedene Weise eine Praxis der Philosophie. Für Michel Foucault ist diese Praxis eine Aesthetik der Existenz.

Theo Roos ist Filmemacher, Philosoph und Musiker. Er lebt in Köln.
Musik, Philosophie und laufende Bilder sind seine Leidenschaften. Alle drei verwirklichen sich in je verschiedener Gewichtung in seiner Arbeit: in Dokumentarfilmen mit szenischen Elementen, in kurzen Filmessays, in musikalisch fundierten Performances, konzertanten Lesungen, Hörstücken fürs Radio und im Schreiben.

Das Studium (Philosophie, Germanistik, Sport), die Begegnung mit der indischen Kultur, die Lehrerausbildung und acht Jahre wissenschaftliche Arbeit am philosophischen Institut der Ruhr-Universität bilden dabei die Basis.

Seit 2004 ist er Dozent an der ifs in Köln und seit 2008 an der adk in Ludwigsburg. Von ihm sind Im April 2005 im Kiepenheuer & Witsch Verlag erschienen: Philosophische Vitamine. Die Kunst des guten Lebens und im September 2007 Neue Philosophische Vitamine. So lass uns leben.


Philosophy, for a long time in the ancient world, was a routine, a practice. This practical philosophy is predominantly concerned with ethos, less with the linking of theories. He who creates systems of thought, irrespective of how sophisticated, critical or rhetorically brilliant they are, is still not a philosopher. Only at the point at which knowledge forms ethos, which becomes a mindset, does philosophy begin.

Philosophical Vitamins mark the transitions from thinking to acting, from teaching to life, from body to embodiment. Vitamin-like thinkers such as Diogenes of Sinope, Diotime, Socrates, Epictetus, Epicurus, Teresa of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen, Montaigne, Nietzsche and Emile Cioran each give us a practise of philosophy in a different way. For Michel Foucault this practise is an aesthetic of existence.
Theo Roos is a film-maker, philosopher and musician. He lives in Cologne.

Music, philosophy and moving images are his passions. All three are put into effect in varying amounts in his work: in documentary films with scenic elements, in short film essays, in musically based performances, concerted readings, audio pieces for the radio and in his writing.

His study (philosophy, German studies, sport), his encounters with Indian culture, teacher training and eight years of scientific work at the philosophical institute of the Ruhr University form the basis of this.
Since 2004 he has been a professor at the ifs (International Film School) in Cologne and since 2008 at the adk (Academy of the Arts) in Ludwigsburg. In April 2005 the publishers Kiepenheuer & Witsch released his works: Philosophische Vitamine. Die Kunst des guten Lebens (Philosophical vitamins. The art of good life) and in September 2007 Neue Philosophische Vitamine. So lass uns leben (New philosophical vitamins. Let us live like this).

Dictée… à vos plumes camarades ! - Le livre des leurres

« Je m’adresse à vous, à vous tous qui savez jusqu’où peut aller la solitude de l’homme, combien la tristesse d’être peut assombrir la vie et la palpitation de l’individu, et ébranler ce monde. Je m’adresse à vous, moins pour retrouver ce que je vis que pour unir nos solitudes. Frères en désespoir, en tristesse secrète et en larmes retenues, nous sommes tous unis par notre désir fou de fuir la vie, par notre angoisse de vivre et la timidité de notre folie. Nous avons perdu courage par trop de solitude et nous avons oublié de vivre à trop ressasser la vie. Tant de solitudes pour en arriver à la mort, et tant de désillusions, pour aboutir au renoncement ? »

Cioran. Le livre des leurres.

Journal de Personne

Emil Cioran: Philosopher Saint of the Occidental Apocalypse

Dernière Volonté (Last Will, in English) is the name under which French musician Geoffroy D writes his own music.

Dernière Volonté est le nom du projet, fondé en 1995, du musicien français Geoffroy Delacroix dit « Geoffroy D. ».

Cioran - Videopoem


rosa van lima met je bedachtzame glimlach prik een naald in je slaap doornen onder je kleed mysticus is de man die spreekt over je mysterie terwijl jij hardnekkig zwijgt in alle talen welke geheime stemmen fluisteren je toe in je ongeremde luciditeit en slapeloosheid je handen trillen en strekken zich bleek voor je uit klaar voor een buitenwereldse omhelzing met je don juan van agonie je rode lippen tuiten tegen het serafijns blauw van het weerspannig uitspansel voor je open raam eerst pak ik je op het aanrecht dan duw ik je in je kussens tenslotte kruisig ik je tegen de wand van je monasterium tranen en muziek lieve lady der lusten richt je half geloken ogen op in hemelse extase



rose of lima with your cautious smile prick a needle in your sleep thorns under your cloth mystic is the man who rants about your mystery while you stubbornly keep silent in all tongues which secret voices whisper to you in your unrestrained lucidity and sleeplessness your hands tremble and stretch out in front of you ready for an outerworldly embrace with your don juan of agony your red lips pout against the blue seraph of the contrary sky in front of your open window first i take you on the kitchen sink then i push you in your cushions finally i crucify you against the walls of your monastery tears and music dear lady of lusts lift up your half-closed eyes in heavenly ecstasy

Selected and screened at 'Visible Verse Festival' (13/10/2012, Vancouver, Canada)
Cioran was published in Unshod Quills
Screened at 'In de Luwte' (18-20 may 2012, Roosdaal, Belgium)
Screened at a videopoem lecture/showcase with Alastair Cook for the Felix Poetry Festival (15/06/2012, Antwerp)

Film by Swoon for the poem Cioran by Peter Wullen
Words: Peter Wullen
Voice: Bart Stouten
Concept, camera, editing, music: Swoon
Thanks: Katie June and Sint Rombouts Mechelen

Violent Vice - "Insomnia" (texte : Cioran - Précis de décomposition)

Violent Vice - "Insomnia"

Project melting different dark styles. An album-book will be out in 2013 turning around stories inspired from mythologies from around the world, creating its own rites, but also touching the hardest feelings of souls and life after death.

Solo project of Elvira Paredes Potressoff.

Cioran on Suicide

What saved me is the idea of suicide. Without the idea of suicide I would have surely killed myself. What allowed me to keep on living was knowing I had this option, always in sight... But really, without it I could have never endured life.

The impression of being stuck down here... For me the idea of suicide is linked with the idea of freedom. I realized that in life, very few people have understood, even really great writers haven't understood anything. People with talent, but who are worth nothing!

You can meet someone just like that in the streets or in a bistro, it's a revelation. It's someone who has went in-depth, who has tackled the great problem.

"Life without the courage for death is slavery" - Seneca

La chute dans le temps - The Fall into Time

Music: Romanian orthodox song Miluieste-ma Dumnezeule

Before the Exodus: E.M. Cioran and The Iron Guard

Before moving to an 'Apocalyptic Garage' (Paris, France), Romanian philosopher Cioran, like his friend Mircea Eliade, was an active supporter and intellectual of the Legionary Movement.

The song you hear is "Flamme" by Allerseelen.  Allerseelen are the experimental, post-industrial and military pop music works of Austrian musician Gerhard Petak, aka Kadmon. The German name is translated into English as All Souls' Day. Their music is inspired by nature and has a strong philosophical/alchemical context inspired by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Carl Jung, Ernst Jünger, and Julius Evola.

A Short History of Decay

All text extracted in no particular order from E.M. Cioran's book, "A Short History of Decay."

Wisdom and Speculative Philosophy (Cioran Interview)

A short passage of an interview with Cioran that was done by Georg Carpat Focke.

G.C.F: We have said and repeated for a long time that philosophy is finished. But philosophers have defended themselves in such an obstinate manner against this opinion that we must consider that it's not without signifying something. The responses of philosophers bring no more solutions, it's the issue of living here below and the pragmatism that we meet everywhere. To what can we still hold on to? To wisdom maybe, to the path taken by the Sophoi?
* Sophoi is used in French here and signifies 'wise man'.

Cioran: There is no doubt in my mind that wisdom is the principal goal in life, and that is why I always return to the Stoics. They have achieved wisdom, and that is why we can no longer call them philosophers as such. From my point of view, wisdom is the natural term of philosophy, its end in both senses of the word. A philosophy ends in wisdom and thereupon disappears.

G.C.F: A loop, if I understand well, is drawn here, going from ancient wisdom towards speculative philosophy, then coming back to wisdom upon which a new meditation on the essential occurs. Could it be that knowledge starts from self-discovery?

Cioran: The disillusioned from philosophy turns to wisdom. This is absolutely right. If it is true that we must start from philosophy, we must also be able to detach ourselves from it. It might in fact be the supreme task. It's no doubt why ancient wisdom has left such a strong impression in me, this philosophy of the Ancients that has ceased to be a philosophy in the sense that Aristotle for example understood it.

Today the problem of knowledge has become accessory; which is, on first basis, the way of tackling life, the question of knowing how to bear it. In the end I only know of two problems: how to bear life and how to bear oneself. There are no harder tasks. And there are no definitive answers to resolve them.

Simply everyone must resolve at least partially these problems for themselves. Is there in life a greater misery than having to deal with oneself every day, to wake up and say to oneself: "another day has begun, I have to see it to its end, I have to bear this day as well."? It's therefore not just a matter of acting, but of creating...

This is why I am against work. We must not even write. The only important thing is to always have in front of us these insoluble problems and live like Epictetus or Marcus Aurelius. Then we are no longer part of the real life stories, but in contemplation. Our contemporaries have lost the faculty to contemplate things. They have unlearned the art of intelligently wasting one's time.

If I should do a resumé then I would have to say that I am the result of all my lost hours. I have no career, and I wasted enormous amounts of time. But this waste of time has been a real gain. Only the man who stays removed, who doesn't do like the others, keeps the faculty of being able to really understand things.

It's really not modern at all of me to say this, but the antiquity has lived entirely with this idea. Today it is impossible. It's a position that no longer makes sense for people today. But, anyway, this world will perish, that there is no doubt about.

The tomb of Emil Cioran and Simone Boué - Montparnasse

Montparnasse - 13ème division

Joe Dassin - Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Le jardin du Luxembourg
Ça fait longtemps que je n'y étais pas venu
Il y a des enfants qui courent et des feuilles qui tombent
Il y a des étudiants qui rêvent
Qu'ils ont fini leurs études
Et des professeurs qui rêvent qu'ils les commencent
Il y a des amoureux. Ils remontent distraitement
Le tapis roux que l'automne a deroulé devant eux
Et puis il y a moi, je suis seul, j'ai un peu froid