Thursday, February 25, 2010

third ear

Here is an article on Stelios Arcadious who had an ear implanted on his arm.

Earle Brown

I had not thought of Earle Brown in some time and when he came to mind today I happened upon this video. Some nice thoughts in here.
"Is it more important to fill a form? or to form a filling?"
"Synergy is the meeting of two or more forces. The resulting interference of which is unpredictable." -- This leads me into thoughts of about transference of energy or more precisely, I have been contemplating the translation of intention/thought/action across media as the moment or position of art. Put more concretely, when a human makes a gestures that trace can be registered by others as a visual gesture or if they for instance have a violin in hand, as a tone.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I was reading the intro to The Phenomenology of perception
 By Maurice Merleau-Ponty today and came across this spectacular quote. This represents a very honest and what I consider eloquent assertion about the nature of reality. It also does well to point out what the almight science really is. There is far more to the theory and indeed, recognizing that this assertion is just a component of the reality of human perception is where the rest of introduction proceeds. Still, I find this quote stunning on it's own.

"Science has not and never will have, by its nature, the same significance qua form of being as the wold which we perceive, for the simple reason that it is a rationale or explanation of that world. I am, not a 'living creature' not even a 'man', nor again even a 'a consciousness' endowed with all the characteristics which zoology, social anatomy or inductive psychology recognize in these various products of the natural or historical process - I am the absolute source, my existence does not stem from my antecedents, from my physical and social environment; instead it moves out towards them and sustains them, for I alone bring into being for myself (and therefore into being in the only sense that the word can have for me) the tradition which I elect to carry on, or the horizon whose distance from me would be abolished - since that distance is not one of its properties - if I were not there to scan it with my gaze. Scientific points of view, according to which my existence is a moment of the world's, are always both naive and at the same time dishonest, because they take for granted, without explicitly mentioning, it, the other point of view, namely that of consciousness, through which from the outset a world forms itself round me and begins to exist for me. To return to things themselves is to return to that world which precedes knowledge, of which knowledge always speaks, and in relation to which every scientific schematization is an abstract and derivative sign-language, as is geography in relation to the country-side in which we have learnt beforehand what a forest, a prairie or a river is. " p ix-x

Monday, February 08, 2010

Tom Shannon in his Manhattan Studio

I have been thinking a great deal about natural forces and how we toy and arrange them in art. This video offers some great food for thought.