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“Crypto-relics”

In an article in in TLS for April 10 of this year (“Traces of the Holy,”) Matthew Bown raises a question about the ‘symbolic economy’ in which some people pay astronomical sums for works of contemporary art that quite clearly have little…

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Still Life with Woodpecker

Woodpecker is the logo image for Roaming CIC (Community Interest Company) …it just has the sort of shape, colour, and personality to be our logo, and it was made collectively at Roaming.  We hadn’t actually thought of Tom Robbin’s novel,…

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Roaming in Principle

“community interest company” is a remarkably fluid, and I suspect broad category recognized by Companies House, the registry of companies in the UK.  It resembles a charity in some ways, but with a different organizational  structure.  Roaming is a community interest…

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The Modern Lens

Expectations  figure prominently in the experience of this exhibition, currently on view at Tate St.-Ives. You can just admire the images, of course, and there is a lot to admire.  The print reproduced here is a case in point.  But that…

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Just out from Bloomsbury!

Phenomenology, I think, is what makes Lambert Wiesing’s The Philosophy of Perception so startling.  The book turns perception upside down.  He’s saying, roughly, that perception determines and controls us, rather than the other way around.  The text is full of provocative propositions…

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Protreptic Writing

Lambert_Wiesing’s book, The Philosophy of Perception (forthcoming from Bloomsbury this August–my translation) contains–among many fine things–a resolution to the question, “How do phenomenologists speak–or write–without appearing to persuade?”  Protreptic writing does not argue a case, does not presume to present…

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Mois de la Photo a Montreal

I’ve just written a review of Drone: the Automated Image, to appear in Source Magazine (Belfast).  The book is a catalogue of the biennial exhibition Mois de la Photo Montreal, 2013. But this is an unusually focussed and durable “biennial”….

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Lizard (Roaming Penzance)

Lizard was born at Roaming Penzance in 2013. Roaming is a community interest company that facilitates change, most often change in consciousness. It offers a kind of studio situation, with opportunities to draw, paint, bake, talk, dig, model, carve, etc….

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Damaging Marks: Functionaries in Writing Education

Hour after hour, reading the writing of students who struggle (that’s the word everyone uses, and it is heavy with implications), I pass between two distinct forms of perception, two different identities, in a sense.  One tries to empathise with…

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The Gesture of Smoking a Pipe

The English translation of Flusser’s Gestures: an Attempt at a Phenomenology, now with the  the University of Minnesota Press, includes the essay “The Gesture of Smoking a Pipe.” In it, Flusser’s gives what I would call his most extended description…

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