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What is a window?

What is a window? We can answer immediately, without thinking too much, and say that it is a simple thing: an opening ripped on a wall, to bring light and air into a certain space. But maybe it is not that, or just that, that makes a window so necessary. What makes it striking and unforgettable is that it is a sort of passage for the eye.


What is a window? It´s a bridge between worlds, an invitation to the circulation of the real, a bond between interior and exterior, a close threshold to infinity – and our eye knows it well. A window leads us into the astonishment. In our lives there are windows that we remember, because through them we looked at the openness of life; through them, time, that mysterious and elusive element, has shown itself wholly in the transparency of the visible; through them we realize that what first seemed to us only a sensory perception of what is outside, was after all a precious probe for us to travel inwardly.


A window is an hermeneutic machine, a complex system of relationships, a model of knowledge. When we open a window, it opens on what? We are inclined to answer with the verses written by Rainer Maria Rilke, also in a question form: “Aren’t you our geometry / window, so simple form / that effortlessly circumscribes / our enormous life?”


(Translated from the portuguese original book: “O pequeno caminho das grandes
perguntas”, by José Tolentino de Mendonça, ed. Quetzal, 2017).


The Portuguese Balint Society (Associação Portuguesa de Grupos Balint -APGB) and the International Balint Federation (IBF), the Organizing Committee and the Scientific Committee of the 21st IBF Congress have the pleasure to invite you to submit Papers, Posters and Workshop proposals 

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