Here I share a variety of content. Lately I have been using this site to create a collection, scrapbook or journal of photos I have been taking with my mobile (skies, details from vinyl sleeves from my record collection, also some bookish stuff).
Unless it is indicated otherwise, the photos posted here have been taken by me. I try to post the sky photos in real time. Sometimes other kinds of stuff also appear here.
In the past I have also used this site to share links to interesting open access content by other authors, but now I usually do that elsewhere.
"Here words have presence only in so much as they are (literally) illumined from behind, just as we attain identity only retroactively, through a kind of perpetual process of catching up to ourselves". -Keep, McLaughlin and Parmar, 1993-2000
We’re an odd bunch. We love and believe in what we do in spite of the rest of the world telling us it has no worth; we put all our working hours and our non-working hours into making something hardly anyone will appreciate. We do appear to be making a futile attempt to create entire worlds in miniature that even the few who do care to view will only glance at for a second.
Rob Davis, in conversation
Doing several things at once has been a way of remaining unemployed even in the midst of constant, inescapable unemployment. Writing, too, can be a form of unemployment within employment, and so is closer than ever to art.
John Kelsey, “Preface”, Rich Texts: Selected Writing for Art (Sternberg Press, 2010:8).
The history of culture is in part the story of a protracted struggle for dominance between pictorial and linguistic signs, each claiming for itself certain proprietary rights on a “nature” to which only it has access. At some moments this struggle seems to settle into a relationship for free exchange along open borders; at other times (as in Lessing’s Laocoon) the borders are closed and a separate peace is declared. Among the most interesting and complex versions of this struggle is what might be called the relationship of subversion, in which language or imagery looks into its own heart and finds lurking there its opposite number.
W.J.T. Mitchell, “Image and Word”, Iconology (Chicago and London: 1986) p. 43
It is not sufficient to have the whole world at one’s disposal - the very infinitude of possibilities cancels out possibilities, as it were, until limitations are discovered.
Roger Sessions, “Problems and Issues Facing the Composer Today”, Problems of Modern Music, Pit Lang (ed), New York: Norton (1962:31). As quoted by Nelson Goodman, Languages of Art, Indianapolis: Hackett (1976:127).
The overriding desire of most children is to get at and see the soul of their toys.
Charles Baudelaire, “A Philosophy of Toys”, The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays, trans. Jonathan Mayne (London: Phaidon Press, 1964), 202-3.
…the first thing is to know in what technical progress consists, what factors play a part in it, and to examine each factor separately; for we mix up under the name of technical progress entirely different procedures that offer different possibilities of development.
Simone Weil,Oppression and Liberty(2001:46)