Unreal Nature

August 8, 2015

The Air Is Thick with Images

Filed under: Uncategorized — unrealnature @ 6:00 am

… between the two, the receiving station and the transmitting station, all our private engines of making sense of the world.

Continuing through Six Drawing Lessons: The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, 2012 by William Kentridge (2014):

… We traverse the difficult space between “I dreamt” and “there came to me in a dream.” We as projectors or receivers of that which is in us, that we don’t know; or as recipients and transmitters of the world outside.

[ … ]

HERE THERE IS A PAUSE

It says, HERE THERE IS A PAUSE, in the notes.

A separation between me writing, in my notebook, and the self walking around the studio thinking, how can we continue?

[ … ]

… The air is thick with images — time made dense with each event and its image, a soup, a fog, as if one could take a sheet of paper and swing it through the air, catching the images as they crashed into it. A swing of the arm above our head to catch the images from us, moving outward, or a low pass to catch those images coming in. On the one, images of the studio, table, charcoal, half-finished drawings, the hand writing these notes, the ideas half formed, the clarity I had two minutes ago, now gone. On the sheet above my head, the trees outside the window, the city beyond that, the traffic, the news, yesterday’s news, the strikes, riots, distress in different corners of the world. The porous membrane.

Let us see where we are. Both receiving all the projections that come toward us, listening, a receiving station, scanning the earth for reports of the world, bombarded by particles of information we cannot escape. And transmitting, projecting, broadcasting ourselves continually. Here I am. HERE I AM. Here I am. And between the two, the receiving station and the transmitting station, all our private engines of making sense of the world.

My most recent previous post from Kentridge’s book is here.

-Julie

http://www.unrealnature.com/

 

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: