“A Zen master says to his disciples: If you say that this branch is real, I will beal you. If you say that this branch is not real, I will beat you. (And if you do not say anything, I’II beat you). There is no way out from the link that the teacher proposes. One of the disciples walked towards him, grabbed the branch, and broke it.”
The paradox produced by the Double Link is given by two messages, enunciated by the same instance, which are contradictory to each other. Plus a third messages that prevents getting out of the contradiction. The disciple of the legend found the solution: he broke the double link. But in the reality of our lives escaping the trap is usually falling into it. The same branch that serves as motive for an insoluble conflict will serve as a sanction... and punishment.
The Double Link is not an invention of the universe, but surely it is after human relationships. We are trapped in it, in relation to our reality (“the reality of the branch”), to our others (“the master”) and to ourselves (“the disciples”); without knowing it. We repress the conflict to maintain the link. The other is always double, witness, judge and party. This is how we create gods, loves, wars, anguish and artworks.
Art resists the double link by embodying it. The artworks we present face us with their paradoxes. We can enter them, and even try to exit, but we ask not to break them.