Into The Dark

Here are the thoughts running around my head these days.

I am interested in how to go further into the dark cave – as exemplified by blind people who must do this every day of their lives. This was started by an interest in synaesthesia, and then in the accompanying idea of navigation by nonvisual methods. Such as by touch, eg by a blind person’s cane. How do you navigate with little or no visual sense data?

The Unfinished Swan

Carte Pisana
Or “Portolan Chart” is a way of representing the edges of land via text. They exhibit emergent properties, technologically, and formally.

Portolan Chart

Communicating Vessels

It seems that here and there desire, in its essence the same, gathers in a haphazard manner what can satisfy it. It is a purely mental game to believe that in the waking dream desire creates. Were it not to find this, I suppose it would, on the contrary, find something else useful, so true is it that desire arranges multiple ways to express itself. We shall be forced to admit, in fact, that everything creates and that the least object, to which no particular symbolic role is assigned, is able to represent anything. p.108-109

This time I live in, this time it runs and takes me with it.
p.14

Rebecca Horn
The Room of the Circle (image needed)
Horn Weisser_Koerperfaecher
Rebecca Horn

The fire of transformation I need to incorporate:

The Holy Mountain
Here’s the video. But don’t go if you’re easily offended – this is a piece of magickly transformative experimental film.

William Burroughs and Brion Gysin
The Cut-up Method (here, here, and here)
… trying to get to a machine that prints random poetry once it reaches a threshold of stress or novelty – something that would be triggered by an event in the making.

Regarding syntax, The Schema of Ulysses.

Of course, people get doctorates for examining this novel in just a literary sense – it’d literally be a life’s work to give it design correlation. But, this and this are excellent examples of the narrative and evocative power of cross-reference and correlation. These particular tables may be useful as a relational database to be represented by data outputs. Outputs from where you ask?

The Geometries In, Of, and Between Air Street and Lavender Hill.
Still getting my head around this one too… Went to the British Museum yesterday to look for the geomantic device on the wikipedia article Shaun sent my way. Didn’t find it, but my search will continue. I did however find John Dee’s tablets. Spooky and beautiful. And I also found an orrery and some astrolabes, which are devices with very interesting properties and uses… Since this whole exercise is a bit about divination of the immediate future, and these have that use, they may come in handy.

Orrery at the British Museum

Astrolabe at the British Museum

Of course, all of this stuff – when added to my currently expanding mind map is far too much for a year, let alone for this Thursday or for end of term, but I am confident that it will all collapse down into something really killer. How do we make our way ever deeper into the darkness, and find what is there to help our transcendence?

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