Tag: mindset


The Poetics of Space

The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard. Looking for a favourite quote always takes hours because once  you’re between the pages, it’s a spiralling walk back out.


(I heard myself close my eyes, then open them.)

All solitary dreamers know that they hear differently when they close their eyes. and when we want to think hard, to listen to the inner voice, or compose the tightly constructed key sentence that will express the very core of our thinking, is there one of us who hasn’t his thumb and forefinger pressed firmly against his lids? The ear knows then that the eyes are closed, it knows that it is responsible for the being who is thinking and writing. Relaxation will come when the eyes are reopened.

P.S. The first four words of this post take you to more.


▶Moving Islands

It’s a challenge to explain, with words alone, how virtual art becomes a universe of imagination that explodes around you, how such a vast universe can even exist, still contained by the small space of a computer screen. It’s not much easier to express with images, as they too lose layers of experience and complexity.

Sometimes that loss can never be compensated. Sometimes, it inspires a unique poetic vision. Eupalinos Ugajin presents perspectives of virtual creativity, where sights, sounds, space, and emotion intertwine. Moving Islands is a wonderland, in film, about a wonderland in space. A project by Eupalinos Ugajin.

Mindscape - Animation Film Intertwined

▶ Mindscape (Animation Film)

Another favourite, timeless animation film from the National Film Board of Canada. Mindscape is a work of art that takes you on a journey, a drawing within a drawing, guiding you into its mesmerizing labyrinth.

by Jacques Drouin — 1976

A particularly creative example of the pinscreen animation technique, this film is about an artist who steps inside his painting and wanders about in a landscape peopled with symbols that trigger unexpected associations.

Production : National Film Board of Canada (nfb.ca)

Handhelds (dolls, not devices)

You Say Potato

This is Awkward Potahto. He enjoys funny memes, but tends to overthink things, and usually realizes what he would have liked to say, after he realizes he didn’t quite say it. But in retrospect, he realizes everyone has their awkward moments.

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“The AFK person haunts the virtual world of which they are a part. AFK straddles the border between online and offline” -T. Boellstorff, Coming of Age in Second Life.

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Some images flicker.


Like a never-ending disappearing act, they flicker, switching appearance over and over again, depending on how we perceive them.

Scott Kim’s True/False ambigram is one illusion that plays with the viewer’s perception. While there is a constant conflict between literal meanings, visually, neither can exist without the other, eternally embedded within the same structure.

Ambigram by Scott Kim
True is embedded within false. False always contains True. Ambigram by Scott Kim

True is embedded within false. False always contains True. Metapictures thrive on such paradoxes.

If the illusion of these images depends on how we look at them, and the multistable shift of visual and verbal meanings occurs within our own minds, than maybe they are watching us too, watching us as we realize we are just as unstable and ever-shifting. And sometimes, we flicker.


▶ Kin-Dza-Dza

The vast desert landscape of Kin Dza Dza! (1986) perfectly symbolizes what this film offers; a minimalistic presentation with a complexity of layers hidden beneath the surface. Absurdity, melancholy, and thoughtful symbolism come together in this unique work. Watch with English subtitles on Youtube:

Part 1: http://youtu.be/I47CNxwlt9U

Part 2: http://youtu.be/eti9Qn4bZDg


ceci n'est pas une pipe ©rene magritte Paper

The Metapicture

W.J.T. Mitchell explores how images provoke their own self-analysis, creating a dialogue within the image itself. He calls this unique type of image “metapictures.” Metapictures refer to their own making, they are self-reflective as they attempt to understand themselves.Matroska ©cybertwigs.com

“Pictures reveal and know themselves, where they reflect on the intersections of visuality, language, and similitude, where they engage in speculation on their nature and history” -W.J.T Mitchell

Self-reflexivity thrives through self-nesting recursive structures, commonly related to “russian dolls,” where one element is nested within another layer of its same form. In other cases, to be self-reflexive is to draw in the viewer to question the structure of the image. In effect, our experiences as viewers often become an extension of that structure. Metapictures elicit a double vision between language and visual experience; they interrogate the authority of language over image. In Ren Magritte’s The Treachery of Images, the relationship between the visual and the verbal is inseparable; without acknowledging the visible element of the picture the text itself also disappears with it, denying it the ability to negate the image in the first place. The beauty of a metapicture is its unfaltering curiosity and playfulness towards perception.

ceci n'est pas une pipe by Rene Magritte

“If I had written ‘this is a pipe’ under my picture, I would have been lying!”

-Rene Magritte

Pact with Destiny - Blackout Poem Paper

Pact with Destiny (A Blackout Poem)

Pact with Destiny

-A Blackout Poem-

We evolve through, and with the changes of our lives. We discover an underlying potential, and extend our awareness of who we are, reaching beyond that fickle surface of our reality, as it appears in the present moment. That is the narrative we read, and write of ourselves.

Pact with Destiny

I should have

the life I have,

stormy and turbulent,

but always reaching..