"It’s about misunderstandings between people and places, being disconnected and looking for moments of connection. There are so many moments in life when people don’t say what they mean, when they are just missing each other, waiting to run into each other in a hallway."
Sofia Coppola on Lost in Translation (2003)
irene chan, chapter zero. 2002; sculptural book in water
This book about nothingness contains text on clear transparency and vellum. The book starts flat and “pops” into a flower shape. It is then to be immersed in water for reading. Housed in a one-sheet origami-fold envelope with printed instructions and Taoist story about a man dreaming he is a butterfly. (x)
"The composer reveals the innermost essence of the world and pronounces the most profound wisdom in a language that his reason cannot understand; he is like a mesmerised sleep walker who reveals secrets about things he knows nothing about when he wakes."
Arthur Schopenhauer (as quoted -approvingly- by Arnold Schoenberg in his 1912 Essay The Relationship of the Text, appearing as a chapter of the Blaue Reiter Almanac)
“The city is being constructed by an old woman born in 1881 who wants to record all the important events in her life so that she can remember them. Each year that she has lived is designated by a street, and each week is represented by a door. The doors belong to places where important events occurred. The blank doors are for those weeks that she can’t remember. The old woman hopes that out of her memory and forgetfulness, as recorded in the streets of doors, a pattern or sign will emerge and she will one day see the story of her life. Every door opens on a small closet-like space. Only one door in each street of doors leads to the next street. It is therefore necessary to go from door to door searching for the entry door.”
"If possessing a higher degree of intelligence does not entitle one human to use another for his or her own ends, how can it entitle humans to exploit non-humans?"
"Those who claim to care about the well-being of human beings and the preservation of our environment should become vegetarians for that reason alone. They would thereby increase the amount of grain available to feed people elsewhere, reduce pollution, save water and energy, and cease contributing to the clearing of forests. When nonvegetarians say that “human problems come first” I cannot help wondering what exactly it is that they are doing for human beings that compels them to continue to support the wasteful, ruthless exploitation of farm animals."
William E. Jones. Spatial Disorientation
"my mind is
a big hunk of irrevocable nothing which touch and smell and hearing and sight keep hitting and chipping with sharp fatal tools
in an agony of sensual chisels i perform squirms of chrome and execute strides of cobalt
feel that i cleverly am being altered that i slightly am becoming something a little different, in fact
Hereupon helpless i utter lilac shreiks and scarlet bellowings."
Henri Fantin-Latour, Roses and Lilies, 1888