Sunday, 7 September 2014

habit / ostranenie

“If we start to examine the general laws of perception, we see that as perception becomes habitual, it becomes automatic. Thus, for example, all of our habits retreat into the area of the unconsciously automatic[...]. In this process, ideally realized in algebra, things are replaced by symbols. [...] The process of “ algebraization,” the over-automatization of
[the perception of] an object, permits the greatest economy of perceptive effort. Either objects are assigned only one proper feature — a number, for example —or else they function as though by formula and do not even appear in cognition.”
ViktorShklovsky, “Art as Technique,” in Russian Formalist Criticism. Four Essays, trans. Lee
T. Lemon, and Marion J. Reis

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