Notes from the Labyrinth

An experiment in non-linear time

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Kelly Sears

by Caroline on October 23, 2013, no comments

Some previews of Kelly Sears’ video work can be found on her website. I am especially enjoying Once it Started it Could Not End Otherwise, which can be viewed in full on short of the week. She uses old photographs, hand coloration and video, layered together to create disturbing narratives. Separating a person from a […]

Rauschenberg on photographs

by Caroline on September 30, 2013, no comments

I was interested to learn that Rauschenberg was a photographer before he was a painter and continued to make photographs, finding that it was a way to pay more attention to light and shadow as they change. His photographs seem to be, in general, more about black and white, rather than about capturing the greys; […]

The wandering scholars…

by Caroline on September 27, 2013, no comments

The rovers, the rootless, those not under the spell…perhaps they were simply allowed to go free. To start again. With no frontiers to extend, no homes to guard against imagined attack, they had never been the destroyers. There was no danger in them. He had imagined, sometimes, a great line of them stretching through the […]

Leave room for doubt

by Caroline on September 22, 2013, no comments

We absolutely must leave room for doubt or there is no progress without having to pose a question. And a question requires doubt. People search for certainty. But there is no certainty. People are terrified – how can you live and not know? It is not odd at all. You only think you know as […]

Weeds (wild flowers in the wrong places)

by Caroline on September 11, 2013, no comments

Note to self: learn some of the common Texas wildflowers! I think this may be Mealy Blue Sage – can anyone confirm that? How and why and where we classify plants as undesirable is part of the story of our ceaseless attempts to draw boundaries between nature and culture, wildness and domestication. Richard Mabey, Weeds

True Places

by Caroline on September 5, 2013, no comments

It is not down in any map; true places never are. Ishmael in Moby Dick

Something snatched from non-being

by Caroline on September 2, 2013, no comments

A certain kind of consciousness interacts with the mountain-forms to create this sense of beauty….It is, as with all creation, matter impregnated with mind: but the resultant issue is a living spirit, a glow in the consciousness, that perishes when the glow is dead. It is something snatched from non-being, that shadow which creeps in […]

Habitual vision

by Caroline on September 1, 2013, no comments

Such illusions, depending on how the eye is placed and used, drive home the truth that our habitual vision of things is not necessarily right: it is only one of an infinite number, and to glimpse an unfamiliar one, even for a moment, unmakes us, but steadies us again. Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain

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