Saturday, August 25, 2018

Musée de Cluny

"Rigid, immobile, wraithlike, the mantis's posture 
in life is to mime the inanimate. But its drive to imitate
doesn't stop with the defense of its organism, Caillois says...
For even decapitated the praying mantis continues to function
and thus to perform a hideously robotic dance of life... 'have
coitus, lay eggs, build a cocoon... fall into a fake, cadaverous 
immobility... dead, the mantis can simulate death'" (Rosalind
Krauss, The Visual Unconscious);

"At some point became clear that that figure 
could only be approached through bassesse,
through lowering, through going beneath the figure 
into the terrain of formlessness. And it also became 
clear that the act of lowering could, itself, only 
register through the vehicle of a trace of index, 
through, that is, the stain that would fissure the 
event from within into an act of aggression, 
and mark, or residue — a clutch!" (Rosalind 
Krauss, The Optical Unconscious, dernier 
italics & operation by A/Z)

Friday, August 10, 2018

pick a soul (ass you wish)

"Ce n'est plus le monde de l'astral, c'est celui de
la création directe qui est repris ainsi..."
A. Artaud

"La mère contient alors les angoisses destructrices et, tel
un objet contenant, elle étaie l'intégration du moi...
Klein glisse du terme de moi à celui de self qui
comprend non seulement le moi mais toute la
vie pulsionnelle... unité dynamique et
néanmoins hétéroclite... un sujet qui
se fait et se défait dans les crises
entre le surmoi et ses objets..."
J. Kristeva (Le génie féminin 2)

"With their Neo-Impressionist broken brushstrokes strongly suggesting particulate emissions, both Picasso's and Boccioni's paitings suggest the interpenetration of figures and a vibrating, ether-filled space in a state of continuous cohesion and dissolution" (Linda Dalrymple Henderson, ˜Reintroduction˜, The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art, revised edition, MIT Press, 2013, p 25).
***Linda Henderson (translates and) quotes this very interesting passage of Poincaré: "... apart from the data of sight [involving already convergence and accommodation of the two ocular globes] and touch, there are other sensations which contribute as much and more than they to the genesis of the notions of space... muscular sensations. The corresponding frame constitutes what may be called motor space [which] would have as many dimensions as we have muscles..." (Henderson, p 185).
Actually, it would perhaps be even more interesting to think in terms of a neural net and muscle fibres. Just very few fibres need to be ignited through the net while the many others stay static (a gravitational champ), in an electrical process that perhaps involve just 4 dimensions, or a kind of spatialization of time through the moving of a tesseract (or at least I think one feels something like that while, for instance, playing the piano).
The fourth dimension would already be present in the third, powerful but very subtle. Hinton sustained that dimensions interpenetrate, and in A Primer of Higher Space, Bragdon says that "whatever the number of dimensions in space, everything must have that number of dimensions too."  In his Four-dimensional vistas, we read "let us remove ourselves in imagination only far enough from the earth for human beings thereon to appear as minute moving things... insects infesting an apple... [they] have a freedom of which the larger unit [the earth] is not possessed... with each transfer of our attention from greater units to smaller, we appear to be dealing with a power of movement in an additional dimension... It has been suggested that in the infinitely minute of organic bodies there is a power of movement in the fourth dimension."
Duchamp talks about the inframince...
Then, instead of trying to get out from Plato's cave, why not plunging into it, where less is (infinitely) more (& never a bore)?!

"When Futurism and Cubism appeared,
many psychiatrists said that Futurists and 
Cubists suffered from a morbid disruption
in the ability to perceive phenomena as a
whole... Critics tried to compare all new
forms of art to a series of illnesses... Now 
they attribute them to class illness, saying 
it is bourgeois, mystical, idealistic, and, 
most importantly, incomprehensible to the
masses..." (Kazimir Malevich, The World 
as objectlessness, Hatje Cantz 2014);

all pictures by A/Z
Musée Picasso, jan 2018

Hypercube rotating (Noll/Bell Labs, 1966):

The Hypercube: Projections and Slicings (Banchoff's & Strauss, 1978):

Dancing with the Virtual Dervish (Diane Gromola, Yacov Sharir 1991-94):

"The Great Abyss Inframince":

"Deve ter uma outra vida!" (Danuza Leão in Glauber Rocha's The Age of the Earth):

***In order to experience more about how 4th dimensional objects can be projected onto a 3rd dimensional space,  see Drew Olbrich's The Fourth Dimension app. I don't know him personally, but I have a strong intuition he might be a reincarnation of Rose Sélavy or even Hinton (Drew is also available on twitter).
You can also download and read the following classics:
Charles Hinton's A New Era of Thought;
Claude Bragdon's A Primer of Higher Space;
Claude Bragdon's Four-dimensional vistas;

image from Alfred Hitchcock's
Vertigo (1958);

medieval mosaic, from 
Lisa Randall's Warped Passages
(but contrary to what she seems
to say, the effect is three- not

See also:
- View from Berthe Trépat's apartment;
- Audrey Hempburnt Haunted by...
- en profane: Orsay & Centre Pompidou;
- l'oeuvre &/ou le vrai oeil;
- Eglises Paris & nearby;
- liste des déclencheurs musicaux;
- Piano Playing (Kochevitsky);
- liste des figures du chaos primordial;
- The Doors of Perception & the learned foolery of research;
- Dark Consciousness;
- Netherlands (Amsterdam, Utrecht);
- Warszawa;
- Buenos Aires;
- Córdoba;
- Montevideo;
- Spooky Blue;

And Also:
- Kinds & Phantasmagoria circa 1900;
- my translation into Portuguese of Timothy Lenoir's Instituting Science;
- the essay in which I analyse the sound of Steve McQueen's Hunger (2008) with some notions I got from Michel Chion, and the errata.list for the same publication;