The art work is, to be sure, a thing that is made, but it says something other than the mere thing itself is, allo agoreuei. The work makes public something other than itself; it manifests something other; it is an allegory. In the work of art something other is brought together with the thing that is made. To bring together is, in Greek, sumballein. The work is a symbol.

Martin Heidegger | Poetry, Language, Thought


 

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    It's Hard To Say

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    Concepts are Discursive

    The look, we said, envelops, palpates, espouses the visible things. As though it were in a relation of pre-established harmony Read More
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Concepts are Discursive

The look, we said, envelops, palpates, espouses the visible things. As though it were in a relation of pre-established harmony with them, as though it knew them before knowing them, it moves in its own way with its abrupt and imperious style, and yet the views taken are not desultory - I do not look at a chaos, but at things - so that finally one cannot say if it is the look or if it is the things that command.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty | The Visible and the Invisible



[1] Merleau-Ponty, Maurice.  The Visible and the Invisible.  Ed. Claude Lefort.  Trans. Alphonso Lingis.  Northwestern University Press 1968.


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It's Hard To Say

What is said signifies the act of enunciating a saying.  The saying on the contrary signifies that which is going to be said, what will perhaps one day be said, or even what has already been said.  These are the sayings that while waiting to be said or while having already been said, remain in a virtual and unconscious state.  I enunciate now a statement but I do not know when or where another statement will reappear: perhaps it will surprise me in a dream tonight or in an unanticipated event tomorrow.  In a word the saying can be defined as a statement that has not yet been said or even as a statement already said in the past while waiting to reappear, while the what is said has the value of an act; it is the act of saying.  What is said is always an act while the saying remains suspended in the virtuality of a past and an expectancy.
 
Juan-David Nasio | Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan

 

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[1] Nasio, Juan-David. Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan.  Trans. Pettigrew, David and François Raffoul.  State University of New York Press 1998. P. 53.
 
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Saturday February 2 2008

The Evolution of Creative Practices

  • It's not the skin, it's what's within.

Saturday December 29 2012


Third Base Threesome, a Roofie, and Robbery

  • What disturbs men's minds is not events but their judgments on events.
    Epictetus [1]

[1] Epictetus.  The Discourses and Manual.  Trans. P.E. Matheson.  Oxford University Press. 1916. (215)


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Saturday August 22 2009

Color-Photography Is Vulgar

  • Color tends to corrupt photography and absolute color corrupts it absolutely. Consider the way color film usually renders blue sky, green foliage, lipstick red, and the kiddies’ playsuit. These are four simple words for the matter, which must be whispered: color-photography is vulgar.
    When the point of a picture subject is precisely its vulgarity or its color-accident through man's hand, not God's, then only can color film by used validly.
    Walker Evans 1

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[1] Evans, Walker. "Photography." Quality Its Image in the Arts.  Eds. Kronenberger, Louis and Marshall Lee.  1969.