Archive for April, 2010
It`s one of the most hybrid assumptions mankind perpetuates: The head is the centre of humanity. I doubt that. The head or the brain inside the head is an organ. An organ which acts as a puffer between inside and outside. Digital technology is a challenge to conceive head and brain as open systems, as knots or as rhythm machines or oscillators.
* D. adds: It`s one ….? Two more. Onetwo morements more.
R.: A hand is a form of a text. Hands include (as forms of containing). Hands exclude ( as forms of dividing by trenching or pulling/ripping). Texts include (as forms of containers for the world and the subject). Texts exclude everything which cannot be transformed into text.
We can turn it. A frame is a form of closure, but also a form of opening. It allows concentration. We may argue that reality is a Grenzidee (an idea of limit (limes)). We may approach reality only by setting up limits, in between which we may perceive.
Instruments for measurement set limits.
A measurement measures measuring means, John Cage thinks (Quote found in: Youngblood, Gene: Expanded Cinema, New York: Dutton, 1970, p. 136).
But what are measuring means? Mankind is conceivable as a means of measuring. It measures the universe as well as mankind itself. In order to function appropriately mankind has to become a measuring means for its own ends. These ends can be achieved by emptying human subjects. How this emptying happens in an aethetic process Marguerite Duras works show (see: Marcus Steinweg and Rosemarie Trockel: Duras. Berlin: Merve, 2008).
* J. adds: Metaphysics are a battlefield. A battefield which Kant conceives as female. He calls metaphysics a battlefield in one phrase. In the following phrase he compares metaphysics with a matron that is left alone.
** Is a hole a form that opens, or a form that closes? It excludes from integrity, or it opens towards an integrity which is open to the other. But a hole cannot be thought as a totally open. Without the framework the hole could not exist.
Today we live in the time of the world picture (according to Heidegger). We live in a time in which the world is reduced to a picture. This is a reduction because a picture has a frame. Time of the world picture is time of framing. Framing is making a border between something in and something out of the frame. Framing is a form of cutting, in which the function of the knife is not discussed.
Framing relates to problems of measurement. For example in the case of continents. It is problematic to measure their coast lines. They change with every wave that reaches the coast. They change also according to the measurement tools.
Cf.: Mark Tansey
* J. asks how we may measure reason. Is our measurement already biased by questions of gender? In German reason is femine, in French, too.