Our Skype chat Thursday featured William Kentridge. I already knew the three videos that Jonathan presented. Below are the two Kentridge videos that I cited in my research paper. Kentridge has worked things out by filtering them through himself, not taking things second hand and because of that, he is able to talk with a poetic clarity that is unifying in a way that common sense is. This is why he connects so well and is so worth listening to and looking at. What a wonderful thing, online videos that we can access so easily. Kentridge came to UAL to give us a talk, which I appreciated but I would have much preferred that it was him talking all the time rather than him being guided and interrupted in a chat session. Question and answer in the case of Kentridge, I think really diluted his presence – he offers so much more on his own just talking as he does. Below my own references are the three that Jonathan brought to our attention in the Skype chat.
I would have liked to have had this as reference material for my research paper but I only just got it from Aeon (online). I receive their newsletter and recommend it. There is even a publishable transcript for this article through this link.
The header image is of my aeonium plants, which I juxtaposed with the painting Mind Mirror painting, as I also have practopoiesis in mind at this time (something about structure and architecture, as yet indefinable)
notes to self:
reference for unfolding pictopoiesis, which will be my next paper; there is an interrelationship between the content of the article at the link above, practopoiesis and pictopoiesis which I would like to be able eventually to articulate. That’s for the next research paper.
mid 17th century: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek aiōn ‘age’.
Finally, with Jonathan’s help I got my Research Paper uploaded onto moodle. So to relax briefly, a few recent photos and reflections, also to broaden my context here a little.
We are in Lincolnshire, on Apple Day we can take our apples to be identified. Our dear neighbours have given us an apple tree in their garden, so we took a sample to identify. Isaac Newton came from Lincolnshire – we found his apple at the event, along with others. The categorisation of these apples reminds me of the curating of this blog, which I have to do next, according to the MA course requirements.
It is good to get out for a walk, and when one gets into academics it is easy to get buried in the subject. We have a walk across fields very nearby and at the end, some distance away is a large badger set. The badgers have their own hobbit-like world, I am looking at a completely different, magical world, which clearly has is own societal structure. As I walked back I was wandering what badgers eat imagining root vegetables hanging from the ceilings of these badger abodes.
Next time I go out I shall bring back some more images of my surroundings to share on this blog. The sky and the horizon are the defining big features of the landscape here. These elements have influenced me greatly. They are unifying.