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July 25, 2015

THE FULL-STOP SWALLOWS THE SENTENCE

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MAKING A SAFE SPACE FOR STUPIDITY

This is from Six Drawing Lessons: The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, 2012 by William Kentridge (2014):

… About ten months ago, I telephoned my father to say that I had been invited to deliver this series of lectures.

“Well,” he replied, “do you have anything to say?”

“But you understand it is a great honor to be asked to give the Norton Lectures.”

“Indeed,” he said, “and now you have that honor. You don’t have to accept.”

… On the first day I started thinking about the lectures, I made a note, a caution to myself, which I repeat today:

REMEMBER YOU ARE AN ARTIST, NOT A SCHOLAR.
BUT AVOID A SIX-HOUR PARADE OF IGNORANCE

Notes like this one are an essential part of the preparation process. I listed every thought I had ever had, or remembered someone else’s having. I divided them by six — in many different ways, as if in their different arrangements some new thought would emerge. I wrote them on pieces of paper and pinned them to the walls of the studio.

A NECESSARY STUPIDITY
FINDING THE DRAWING TWICE
THE OVER-DETERMINED IMAGE
AGAINST ARGUMENT
AGAINST CERTAINTY
GEOLOGICAL AUTOCHTHONY

I added them to drawings I was making.

AGAINST ARGUMENT (BUT NOT THIS ONE)
A UNIVERSAL ARCHIVE
KNOWLEDGE AS SHAME
LESSONS FROM TYPEWRITERS
DIALECTICS FOR NINE-YEAR-OLDS
IN PRAISE OF BASTARDY
A HISTORY OF CINEMA
A PRE-HISTORY OF RELATIVITY
THE FULL-STOP SWALLOWS THE SENTENCE

-Julie

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