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in retrospect / time loops

I have been mulling over the relevance of looking backwards lately, (not in a nostalgic sense or as in Bellamy’s Looking backwards: 2000-1887 or even like in Vidal’s Live from Golgotha’s time travels, although many would say both these writers were projecting forwards) but probably more in the sense of contemplating, of looking for some residue that I can attach myself to.


notes-cover» boundaries / tracking / grids
» documenting earlier thoughts
» August Toepler and the ‘unseen’
» ambiguity through global contemporary social patterns, science and analysis


Or possibly, I am just needing to validate those things that never get said by bringing them into the sphere of commonality, the domain of ‘everything’. I am reminded of some earlier discussions that referenced the notion of transference, of when thoughts or objects are brought out from our consciousness (the ‘studio’) and into the realm of reality (the ‘gallery’ space). I like the word transference, it suggest distribution, changeable states of being, movement and possibilities, repositioning and fascination. It has strong associations with the western psychological worlds of Jung and Freud and is forever present in the world of physics, biology and chemistry. It is congenital to the world of communication, technology and networks.

It is also inherit to the world of art, creativity and thinking. It manifest itself in Aby Warburg ‘Bilderfahrzeuge’, meaning image vehicles. In Jaques Ranciere’s The distribution of the Sensible: Politics and Aesthetics where he references Kant and Focualt and states “It is (aesthetics) a delimitation of space and times, of the visible and the invisible, of speech and noise”. It is central to Walter Benjamin theories as he observes that “the mode of human sense perception changes with humanity’s entire mode of existence”. It is even present in Adorno’s Negative Dialectics, which he describes as “the dissolution of standpoint thinking itself’ and when Jill Bennett talks about ‘slippage’ in describing the work of Willie Doherty, she is referencing “a space of affect, in the sense that the affect precedes, rather than emerges from, the presence of subjects…” … language expressing the transient places which sit in between something tangible and something sensed…

For now though, I am just looking, digging a bit deeper searching a bit further; possibly looking for a new language, a syntax (or maybe it is just an accent) or maybe some sort of code that can expand and ‘unfold’ itself like the Guattari/Deleuzian unfolding of potential… From the perspective grids of the renaissance to Bertalanffy’s ideas of a general systems theories, below is a link to some thoughts from my not so distant past …


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