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Reduced Territory

In City Inside Out, Haveit Neox presented an emotional contortion of space, stripping the city of indoor refuge.

Reduced Territory

Now, the distortion continues, and nature is gasping for space.. Reduced Territory, a thought provoking installation by Haveit Neox, open through August at Wolves Land. Haveit’s own vivid words at the installation add a crucial layer of insight to the work. See for yourself, while you can make it.

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Little solace comes
to those who grieve
when thoughts keep drifting
as walls keep shifting
and this great blue world of ours
seems a house of leaves
moments before the wind.
Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

 

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Analog

Because 

time,

without her

did things to 

my mind. 

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City Inside Out

Wander through a world of stories, written along the walls of a labyrinth turned inside out, to reveal its hidden layers of reality. City Inside Out, an exhibit by Haveit Neox, now at LEA20.

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There was a sky somewhere above the tops of the buildings, with stars and a moon and all the things there are in a sky, but they were content to think of the distant street lights as planets and stars. If the lights prevented you from seeing the heavens, then perform a little magic and change reality to fit the need. The street lights were now planets and stars and moon. ”
― Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream

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The Sky Was Surrounded

The sky

was surrounded by

a square. Life in a jar.

It is extraordinary.

But she was her own

secret hideout,

and these surroundings were,

between the two of us,

a tiny glimpse

into the magic.

Originally published at TheVirtualReview.

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Fossils

What will truly matter?

When you are tired,

tired of being

(Stop to listen)

We had good things

to be. Good things

to say.

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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.

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(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.

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)

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AFK

“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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Flicker

Some images flicker.

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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.

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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.

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▶ 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

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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

waking life Intertwined

▶ Waking Life

Waking Life – A Philosophical Discussion of Lucid Dreams, Animated.

Waking Life is an enchanting film that intertwines the visual, the verbal, the aural, into an intellectual dream.


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