Wednesday, 31 October 2012

lost nails

rainbow, abjection, militainment

Reckitt's Blue, Bag Blue, Paris Blue, Crown Blue, Laundry Blue, Dolly Bags,

The best Method of making and using Starch

Moisten the quantity of starch you want to use, according to the quantity of your cloaths, with water, and put as much stone blue as is necessary. When the starch and blue are properly mixed, then let the whole boil together a quarter of an hour longer, taking care to keep stirring it, because that makes it much stiffer and is better for the linen. Such things as you would have most stiff, ought to be put first into the water, and you may weaken the starch by pouring a little water upon it. Starch ought to be boiled in a copper vessel, because it requires much boiling, and tin is apt to make it burn. Some people mix their starch with allom, or gum arabic, nothing is so good as isinglass, and an ounce of it is sufficient to a quarter of the pound.

Amelia Chambers, The ladies best companion; or, a golden treasure for the fair sex (1775)

In Elizabethan and Jacobean England, starch was sometimes mixed with other colours, to tint ruffs and collars according to fashion. (Cream lace, tinted with yellow, was in vogue for some of the 17th century.) Blue starch was out of favour for a time, after Queen Elizabeth banned its use in London in 1595, when extreme blue ruff fashion seems to have become associated with immorality, but soon the manufacture of "smalt or blue starch" was once again approved by Parliament as a means of setting "many poor people a-work", and it continued as a basic household essential for centuries.

Her Majesty's pleasure is that no blue starch shall be used or worn by any of her Majesty's subjects


Monday, 29 October 2012

Porta dei Cieli

january 2017

on the silk of the seas and the arctic flowers

Can the point at issue be more definitively and incisively presented than by Rimbaud himself in his personal copy of [ Une saison en enfer ]? In the margin, beside the passage "on the silk of the seas and the arctic flowers," he later wrote, "There's no such thing." (Benjamin, "Surrealism" 208)


La Nature est un temple où de vivants piliers
Laissent parfois sortir de confuses paroles;
L'homme y passe à travers des forêts de symboles
Qui l'observent avec des regards familiers.

Comme de longs échos qui de loin se confondent
Dans une ténébreuse et profonde unité,
Vaste comme la nuit et comme la clarté,
Les parfums, les couleurs et les sons se répondent.

II est des parfums frais comme des chairs d'enfants,
Doux comme les hautbois, verts comme les prairies,
— Et d'autres, corrompus, riches et triomphants,

Ayant l'expansion des choses infinies,
Comme l'ambre, le musc, le benjoin et l'encens,
Qui chantent les transports de l'esprit et des sens.

Charles Baudelaire

stinking ass / lugubrious game

I take my stand. I have no other choice - thus pursuing this bestial hilarity to its extreme - but to lift my heart to Dali, and to grunt like a pig before his canvases.

paranoiac image

Paranoia uses the outside world to make the most of an obsessive idea, with the troubling particularity that the reality of this idea becomes evident to others. The reality of the outside world serves as an illustration and proof, and is put into the services of the reality of our mind. All doctors agree in recognizing the speed and the inconceivable subtlety frequently observed in the paranoiac, who, taking advantage of the motives and the facts of such shrewdness that they escape normal people, arrives at the conclusions often impossible to contradict or reject, and who, in any case, almost always defies psychological analysis. It is by a clearly paranoiac process that it has been possible to obtain a double image: that is to say the representation of an object which, without the least figurative or anatomical modification, is at the same time the representation of another absolutely different object itself also stripped of any kind of deformation or abnormality which might disclose this arrangement. It has been possible to obtain such a double image thanks to the violence of paranoiac thought which, with ruse and skill, has made use of the necessary quantity of pretexts, coincidences, etc. taking advantage of them to make the second image appear which, in this case, takes the place of the obsessive idea. The double image (which, for example, may be the image of the horse which is at the same time the image of a woman) can be prolonged, continuing the paranoiac process, the existence of another idea being then sufficient to make a third image appear (the image of the lion, for example) and so on to the extent of a number of images limited solely by the degree of paranoiac capacity of one's thoughts.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

astrid zydower expo 67


irreducibility // decomposability


A property of a system is said to be emergent if it is in some sense more than the "sum" of the properties of the system's parts. An emergent property is said to be dependent on some more basic properties (and their relationships and configuration), so that it can have no separate existence. However, a degree of independence is also asserted of emergent properties, so that they are not identical to, or reducible to, or predictable from, or deducible from their bases.

A refinement of vitalism may be recognized in contemporary molecular histology in the proposal that some key organising and structuring features of organisms, perhaps including even life itself, are examples of emergent processes; those in which a complexity arises, out of interacting chemical processes forming interconnected feedback cycles, that cannot fully be described in terms of those processes since the system as a whole has properties that the constituent reactions lack.[2][3]

John Stuart Mill outlined his version of emergentism in System of Logic (1843). Mill argued that the properties of some physical systems, such as those in which dynamic forces combine to produce simple motions, are subject to a law of nature he called the "Composition of Causes". According to Mill, emergent properties are not subject to this law, but instead amount to more than the sums of the properties of their parts.

spontaneous simultaneous symmetry breaking

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

pages// biblia pauperum

Pierce Penniless's Supplication to the Devil

thomas nashe /// wyndham lewis /// marshall mcluhan //  trivium font

" The discovery of the alphabet will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves...You give your disciples not truth but only the semblance of truth; they will be heroes of many things, and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing." - Socrates