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Posted in translation writing

I am a Translator

It sounds like a confession…announcing an intention to face the consequences, good or bad… Sometimes I have to clear away a bit of my own conceptual debris, shards of received wisdom and “common sense” that…

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Posted in Flusser translation

Science and Sentimentality

Flusser translated the title of his essay “Geste und Gestimmtheit” as “Gesture and Sentimentality”.  I didn’t.  I found, and to some extent still find that particular word misleading at best. Its equivalence to “Gestimmtheit” is almost beside…

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Posted in apparatus photography

Ptychography

Until today, I had never heard of it: Introduced in electron microscopy by Hegerl and Hoppe in the early 1970s, “ptychography” (pronounced “tikography,” I think) is an imaging technique that combines diffraction data from multiple…

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Posted in Flusser functionary language translation

“Drawing” and “Being Drawn”

The German word “Entwerfen” — drafting or drawing — is closely related, a kind of reversal of the verb “werfen,” which is to throw, or hurl, or toss. Flusser uses the association to describe the…

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