Sunday, 30 January 2011


anne carson on le mepris/ homer / gift economies

… the female as a content without form whose boundaries are inadequate … she leaks, she swells… the monsters of greek myth are females with deranged boundaries ; scylla, sphinx, harpies

are you an inately unbounded thing, the movie asks?

she wraps herself in boundlessness and exits

Monday, 24 January 2011

Thursday, 20 January 2011

enormous jewels

Cagliostro in a house near Trinita di monti, making gems bigger...

Parts were of nickel, parts of ivory, parts had certainly been filed or sawn out of rock crystal. The thing was generally complete, but the twisted crystalline bars lay unfinished upon the bench beside some sheets of drawings, and I took one up for a better look at it. Quartz it seemed to be.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

for 30 elm trees set in the wilderness



"A dud is an ammunition round or explosive that fails to fire or detonate, respectively, on time or on command. Duds are still dangerous and have to be deactivated and disposed of carefully. "

Friday, 14 January 2011

Fixed Point Theorem

If one stirs to dissolve a lump of sugar, it appears there is always a point without motion. He drew the conclusion that at any moment, there is a point on the surface that is not moving. The fixed point is not necessarily the point that seems to be motionless, since the centre of the turbulence moves a little bit. The result is not intuitive, since the original fixed point may become mobile when another fixed point appears.

Brouwer is said to have added: "I can formulate this splendid result different, I take a horizontal sheet, and another identical one which I crumple, flatten and place on the other. Then a point of the crumpled sheet is in the same place as on the other sheet." Brouwer "flattens" his sheet as with a flat iron, without removing the folds and wrinkles. wikipedia

The most important fixed point theorem is Brouwer's (deals with functions); the extention of this theorem to correspondences is given by Kakutani's fixed point theorem.

brouwerReal world examples: (1) Take two equal size sheets of paper, one lying directly above the other. If you crumple the top sheet, and place it on top of the other sheet, then Brouwer's fixed point theorem says that there must be at least one point on the top sheet that is directly above the corresponding point on the bottom sheet. (2) Take a map of the city in which you live. Now lay the map down on the floor. There exists at least one point on the map which tells the location of the corresponding point below it on the floor.


Wednesday, 12 January 2011

etruscan torture

If they would bind me to that lifeless trunk and let me freeze to death

The Etruscan torture has been described as chaining the living person to a rotting corpse, face to face and limb to limb until the living person perishes by the decay of the corpse. Only when the living person was blackened by putrefaction, the Etruscan robbers freed the living, now a corpse, from the chains. A metaphysical torture and a model for the intelligible ontology, Aristotle suggests that the relation between the body, the soul (psyche) and the intellect (nous) as the triad of his ontology can be explained as follows: ‘their bodies [those who have fallen into the hands of the Etruscans], the living with the dead, were bound so exactly as possible one against another: so our souls, tied together with our bodies as the living fixed upon the dead.’ (Cicero quoting Aristotle in Hortensius)

The Corpse Bride: Thinking with Nigredo Reza Negarestani

The Duchess of Malfi

If they would bind me to that lifeless trunk and let me freeze to death

the thing and the shrink

a drive is a boundless loop
it closes cyclically on itself
it does not enclose anything
it does enclose nothing
it is a symptom of a hole

topology provides obstructions to decay, dissemination and dispersion

holes, knots, links, torsions

physics provides a bestiary of topological phenomena that prevent decay into the vacuum state

Gabriel Catren
Dark Materialism Symposium

podcast here

petrified forest

bodily self-transformation / anchoring the self to matter

Fossilisation replaces tissues with minerals. The wood is replaced by agate.

Fall of Rome recorded in trees

I salute you from the Petrified Forest of human culture

Where nothing is left standing
But where roam great swirling lights
Which call for the deliverance of foliage and bird.
From your fingers flows the sap of trees in flower.

Andre Breton / Ode to Charles Fou

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

folding changes the memory of paper

folding changes the memory of paper

blind windows

laws against images / post no bills

These images of a day or an hour, bleached by the elements, charcoaled by urchins, scorched by the sun - although others are sometimes collected even before they have dried - symbolize to a higher degree even than the newspapers the sudden, shock-filled, multiform life that carries us away.

Maurice Talmeyr, La Cite du sang Paris 1901 p269

In the early days of the poster there was as yet no law to regulate the posting of bills or to provide protection for posters and indeed from posters: so one could wake up some morning to find one's window placarded.

Benjamin Arcades [B2,1]