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Made at Roaming

  Reproduced here is one of many images made recently at Roaming Penzance (see www.roamingCIC.com for more about the organization).  Given that the group meets just once a week, and then only for a few…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Translation as Close Reading

Translators differ from other readers in at least one way that matters, namely that they are obliged to not skip anything (apparently most readers do, regularly).  In my first reading(s) of the book Gesten: Versuch…

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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. …

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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…

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A “good” photograph

Is it “good”? Technically, it’s OK–comprehensible, decent colour, decent resolution.  The family doesn’t look hysterically happy; everyone seems a little introspective by  contemporary standards.. But it’s from 1947–probably the shot for the Christmas card. Another possible criterion:…

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Illustration

The issue, for me, seems to be how illustration is different from art (obviously a lot of images are either, depending on the way you define the categories).  For now, I’m thinking that for the…

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Extending Gesture

Enterprising research students at the University of Edinburgh have invited me to be a keynote speaker at a weekend conference they’re hosting this coming October.  I am honored! It coincides with the work of translating…

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