Monday, March 02, 2009

Books of Sand

Kindle me this ...

Jorge Luis Borges from The Book of Sand:
Then, as if he were thinking aloud, he said, "If space is infinite, we may be at any point in space. If time is infinite, we may be at any point in time."
Tracking an infinite beach while succumbing to the reigning creative potential:

Fully loaded, the ultimate in inner choreography, a self-portrait as Landscape Avatar. As Ulmer taps into his readymade heuretics, more eureka discoveries are made:
Instruction: document a site designated as a self-portrait.

Show Me Yours
(And I'll Blow You Mine)

We are using the analogy of how the Greeks invented Philosophy (literate metaphysics) out of spoken Greek in the context of alphabetic writing, in order to invent an image metaphysics out of filmic media (the movies as General Cultural Interface).

Relay: House of Sand, directed by Andrucha Waddinton. The interest of this example is that the film originated in a single snapshot of an elderly woman standing in the doorway of a flimsy hut surrounded by dunes, taken in the arid and poverty-stricken northeast of Brazil. The image evoked for the producer and filmmaker the whole experience and history of that region. Thus it recommends itself as a relay for understanding choral images. Waddington unfolded the snapshot into a narrative, demonstrating how a site implies a diegesis (a “world”). The Popcycle of discourses is active in this diegesis.

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