7.30.2001

MOVEMENT:

picked up at the local used-book store in Madison:
THE ORIENTATION OF ANIMALS: Kinesis, Taxes and Compass Reactions
by Gottfried S. Fraenkel + Donald L. Gunn

PART I Introduction
"The study of animal behaviour extends over a wide field; only a small part of it is covered in this book. We shall deal with the orientation of animals, the directions in which they walk or swim, and the reasons why particular directions are selected..."
[Fig. 37, p.92]
"Tracks of hermit crabs (a and b) and an isopod Aega (c) in a two-light experiment. Each part of the track is directed towards one light only."

[Fig. 47, p.110]
"Elysia viridis (mollusc) circling round a candle with an orientation angle of about 90 degrees, first on its left and then on its right."

see also:
Chronobiology for the Interested Layman and in Adult Education Courses

7.29.2001

re'cru'desce intr. v.
To break out anew after a dormant or inactive period.[Lat. recrudescere, to grow raw again: re-, again + crudescere, to get worse: crudus, raw.] --re'cru'des'cence n. --re'cru'des'cent adj.
many, many things seen lately: posted at ockham's other


TRAVELS: Madison, Wisconsin, a place I'd never been. Built on an isthmus (a word that demands to be said out loud).

...D. tells me, magically, that he grew up thinking WATER IS LIKE AIR -- free, and always accessible, and part of everyday life...

A very CIVIC place, with people always out on "the square," (the central capitol grounds) and at "the Union," the meeting grounds for the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This is a typical large, old venerable university structure, but it is the outdoor space that makes it unique -- an enormous plaza reaches out to the south side of Lake Mendota (or Lake Monona, I kept getting the two sides of the isthmus confused), terracing down to the water's edge, swarmed with tables and giant shade trees, with a stage by the water where bands play most every night. Beers are served up in giant half-gallon cups, with small brown bags of popcorn. There is an outdoor pavilion where staffers grilled sandwiches and such, served with yet more beer, in an endless supply. Which is necessary, because it seems the entire town finds their way down to the union by late afternoon to watch the sun quietly set over the lake. And I mean everyone -- children eating ice cream, young teens clustered in flirtatious gangs (so coltish, and SO dramatic), older couples, families, and, of course, crowds of college kids.

We would sit on the steps by the water and watch the demographics shift as the evening wore on, and the clothing shift from the shorts and sandals of those ending their night at the Union, to the hot pants and haltertops of those who were just beginning. Christopher Alexander's Pattern Language made manifest, with different sizes and shapes and types of spaces and places for every activity and mood. William H. Whyte comes to mind as well, the famous studies he did of public spaces and patterns of human interaction:
(film: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces)
(text: City: Rediscovering the Center)

A large portion of the population has Germanic or Norwegian roots -- and you sense it in the places: very much about community, the land and the water, good, simple, hearty food (and did I mention beer?). We were in Madison four days, and went to the Union every afternoon (and one morning). We would sometimes come across the same people there, or walking down State Street, on their way to or from. Once a year the Union has an amnesty day when people return any of the terrace chairs or tables that may have been "borrowed."

...you can watch the sun rise over the lake in the east and set in the west without ever moving from your seat...


Now have 6 of These United States still yet to visit: Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii.

7.11.2001

"to paint not the thing itself, but the effect that it produces..." Mallarme
and from: "Stephane Mallarme's Influence in the Visual Arts"
"During his visits to Manet's studio, he solidified his theories of poetic language, and began using visual descriptions as a way to represent meaning, and to describe specific objects, without mentioning them specifically. Mallarme does this by eliminating the reference of specific objects and ideas of the real world by conjuring up certain feelings or a remembrance of specific ideas or objects. His poems are "...meant to be read like music, perpendicular as well as horizontally, with all of the various possibilities constituting the harmony and with the lyric lines nothing more than an impression or an intention""
(5-day excursion begins tomorrow (an outing, says Ms.(mary) Poppins) to points north. No posts until next Wednesday.....................)

7.08.2001

CHARGED VOIDS: NOT THE THING
from 5.30.2001razor
"...concepts of writing as a "clear window" or a pure mechanism come to mind --not the thing itself but the enabler of the thing...." --B.R.
more on MANIFOLDS
cryptic biodiversity (via: Alamut via: Metaforage)
references the idea of "parallelism: a situation where two organisms independently come up with the same adaptation to a particular environment..."

so seemingly familial manifolds might, in fact, be distinct from one another in their evolution, though related in their manifestations -- with those manifestations being the products of environment. One could discern, then, between manifolds of KIND [ME:OE (ge)cynd, nature]
and manifolds of CONTEXT [ME, composition: Lat. contextus: p.part. of contextere, to join together: com-, together + textere, to plait]

7.07.2001

CHARGED VOIDS
see: december10.net under: "new projects" goto: "anti-aperture"
Anti-Aperture Project: descriptions of image-moments that were uncapturable for one reason or another, paired with the correspondingly missing image.
"...all descriptions are actual accounts of things that I thought would have made beautiful photographs but were impossible to catch. So rather than cry about it, I have turned these impossibilities into another method of shooting."
.....description of the image as the image, thereby creating a charged void within the (image) absence.
.....also could be: DESCRIPTION OF A PERFORMANCE AS THE PERFORMANCE.
this opens up the notion that the idea is often stronger than the reality. Not the thing, but the idea of the thing. Not the thing, but the forces contained within the thing.

7.04.2001

the Declaration of Independence - worth a read, for its clarity of language and argument alone:

(ignoring, for the moment, the obviously arguable issues of religious affiliation, the current myriad of questionably tyrannic actions by the United States and also intending no animosity towards our now allied British friends across the Atlantic):
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration
of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
   --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
   --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
   --Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world....


read further: (list of repeated injuries and usurpations by the king, and final proclamation of independence)

7.02.2001

more MOVEMENT
from a television commercial (for what, I can't remember. proof, once again, that so-called "smart" advertising doesn't really work in the way they all wish it worked, as I blithely scoop up the visuals and filter out the product)
:::::::: one particular scene shows a 3/4 aerial view of people crouched in long, long lines behind garbage cans/telephone poles/mailboxes, hiding from the multiple lines of site of a man who is searching for them. As the man's position changes, the lines of people all shift with his lines of sight...... swinging wildly left and right....

(TEMPEST... remembering the geometric fractals of the field of play and fluid sweep of the game piece......... lines of movement and stasis made visible)