18 March 2010
'the world thus exists to the soul to satisfy the desire of beauty. this element i call an ultimate end. no reason can be asked or given why the soul seeks beauty. beauty, in its largest and profoundest sense, is one expression for the universe. god is the all-fair. truth, and goodness, and beauty, are but different faces of the same all. but beauty in nature is not ultimate. it is the herald of inward and eternal beauty, and is not alone a solid and satisfactory good. It must stand as a part, and not as yet the last or highest expression of the final cause of nature.'
/ ralph waldo emerson, from nature 1836
16 March 2010
'the cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t.' / jean luc godard, from cinema one series godard 1970
10 March 2010
05 March 2010
along the wall butterflies drag the drool of wind
above the city these men
crush in a dry mist
open luminous umbrellas
it is a sign they wish to speak, my dear ones
in the vanishing city
for a season of lethargy a season under the earth
under blankets of leaves a multicolored body
i dream a celestial sleep hanging bulbs
all of you ready to receive me
since everything must be decided
the moment we awake
// a.porta, excerpt from 'letters'
03 March 2010
'things are not always what they seem, is a truism that scarcely needs to be repeated; and yet doubtless many intelligent individuals go through life without being more than dimly aware that they are living in two worlds at the same time, the actual physical world outside of them which to a large extent is wholly independent of their existence and an inner world of consciousness which each of us makes for himself and which is vastly different from reality, as natural philosophy insistently tells us and as our own intuition constantly leads us to suspect and perhaps more or less vaguely to apprehend. all the direct information we get concerning the external physical world comes to us through our organs of sense which, besides being limited in number, are susceptible only to certain special kinds of stimulation and are not always very keen.'
// from chapter I of the book 'introduction to physiological optics' when i read this i was immediately surprised that a physics book about optics was so philosophical and even spiritual in a way, really interesting.
02 March 2010
tonight from 6-8 theres an opening of an exhibition of photographs from andy warhol at the gallery i work at a few days a week titled 'unexposed exposures.' more info here!