Notes from the Labyrinth

An experiment in non-linear time

A typology of me

by Caroline on August 30, 2013, no comments

On a recent trip to Rome, my husband got bored waiting around while I took photographs and turned his camera on me. After he had taken a few he showed them to me and I told him he’d started a typology. So he took some more and here they are.

More on Commonplace books, with a link to a great article

by Caroline on August 28, 2013, no comments

Ambling through my twitter feed this morning I came across a link, from Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, about commonplace books. Of course I had to follow it. Up came a great article from another obsessive note-taker, Ryan Holiday, about his commonplace books. I don’t disagree with much that he says, but I do handle […]

Visual Taxonomy

by Caroline on August 27, 2013, no comments

Not to be confused with taxidermy! These images are from the American Museum of Natural Science. They have a huge display wall showing how we classify life. I am fascinated by the subtle grids and systems that underlie these displays.

Sky Spaces

by Caroline on August 27, 2013, no comments

Works like Aten Reign have a long history – the Romans built temples with central holes open to the sky.

We are part of the process

by Caroline on August 26, 2013, no comments

Asking a question like that implies that there’s a sort of pre-established programme of nature which is taking its course and which we’re intruding on and disrupting. Whereas we are part of this process, even if we modify it. The history of life as a whole is simply the interaction of certain forms of life […]

Life and order

by Caroline on August 24, 2013, no comments

To achieve this – to make buildings which have life and profound order – it is necessary to be rescued from the mechanistic trap by concentrating on the life and order of a building as something in itself. Christopher Alexander, The Phenomenon of Life

Small collages

by Caroline on August 24, 2013, no comments

Exploring grids of small collages, like plant or animal forms in a museum display.

Pattern-seeking animals

by Caroline on August 23, 2013, no comments

Humans are pattern-seeking animals. We must find cause and meaning in all events (quite apart from the probable reality that the universe both doesn’t care much about is and often operates in a random manner). Stephen Jay Gould, Bully for Brontosaurus

Time and space and us

by Caroline on August 22, 2013, no comments

When the railroad and photography came along our relationship to time and space changed. Suddenly we could travel faster than nature – faster than walking, faster than a horse or the wind in a sail. In speeding up travel, and eventually isolating us from the journey behind glass, our relationship with the space between destinations […]