Journal of Science.
Photogarphs by Martin Fengel. Text by Georg M. Oswald, Georg Diez, Andreas Neumeister, Bernhart Schwenk et al.
Schaden, 2008. 104 pp., 23 color illustrations, 8x10½".
Martin Fengel is fascinated by the wealth of the world. In that respect he comes close to science.
There¹s that one maxim by Ludwig Wittgenstein, who wanted to bring all science back to the basics of philosophy; there are even quite a few maxims by Wittgenstein which are very appropriate to what Martin Fengel is doing.
It is almost as if Fengel wanted to demonstrate what Wittgenstein meant. In Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, for example, Wittgenstein writes, ³What can be shown cannot be said², referring primarily to language in its elementary form. He also says, ³A sentence shows a logical form of reality. It emphasizes it.²
Wittgenstein was referring to language (he was thinking about the grammar of the world in an age when images had not yet begun to play the key role in determining this grammar), and yet Martin Fengel¹s pictures work with the same model and the same rigour that Wittgenstein advocated. They show the logical form of reality and emphasize it; they are formulae, they are the keys to our understanding of what we see; they contain what could be termed the optical DNA of our world.