(Conversation head on the steamboat Roi des Belges, Congo free state, 1899)
Translator 1: I listened and the darkness deepened.
Translator 2: Observe, we pass from darkness to light and in reverse.
T1: Darkness is not the absence of light, there is as much light in darkness as invisibility in the visible.
T2: We move from thought to writing, from writing to sculpture, from language to object.
T1: We are this, and that aren't we?
T2: We have translated from here to there, from this to that, from the I to the Us.
T1: We live in the flash of a blin k. ln the flicker.
T2: People are surprisingly different, separated by unpopulated space.
T1: lt is botha solid and frangile object, the tongue.
T2: It is Collect and Revolt.
T1: Simultaneously what we are and what not.
T2: Listen, the darkness deepens.
T1: Yes, the shadows have deepened.
T2: Observe, the light disappears.
T1: Darkness becomes impenetrable.
T2: Listen, the light deepens?
T1: Here and there.