October 27, 2008

420 Cinema and Gort & The Stig's favorite books

plus: some of your own sharpness

Tonight, on 420 Cinema a dozen perceptual framing system films**:

be impressed with yourself in The Body in Numbers trailer
be introduced to The Boy Who Sees Through Sound
join those who are (also) Losing Reality
explore realities of My Fake Baby

witness some of the power of appetite in Super Skinny Me
experience the ultimate solitude of Alone (documentary about a sensory deprivation experiment)
discover what happens When Senses Collide (bump into more colliding senses [synesthesia] here)
reconnect with your Neanderthal Code connections
and try them out in Pan's Labyrinth: the feast and fairies chalked sequence
then travel East of Havana
and be back in time for when New Orleans goes up for sale

(** for educational purposes only)

These endless web log pages can, when desired, be exported as a single file to my computer's desktop where the file could be imported to another web log or used in any of the ways a digital file may be used, including conversion of the web lob into a print object via pdf or, for instance, through Booksmart software/services at Blurb.com. (image from Blurb.com)

There are other possibilities
for both new print object production and alternative physical libraries and artifacts for those alternative physical libraries.

In partial preparation for some of these possibilities, and for your own inventions, please take a look at:

We Tell Stories an alternative library framing system and alternative artifact framing system

Comment Press is a social text tool that, as stated at the site: allows readers to comment paragraph by paragraph in the margins of a text. Annotate, gloss, workshop, debate: with CommentPress you can do all of these things on a finer-grained level, turning a document into a conversation. It can be applied to a fixed document (paper/essay/book etc.) or to a running blog. ¡Try it out! (download instructions and examples are at Comment Press)

and examine THE BOOK ART OF ROBERT THE, CARA BARER, AND JACQUELINE RUSH LEE in an essay by Elizabeth Wadell. More of Cara Barer's book art, favorites of Gort and The Stig, can be seen at Book Art All-Stars at deep linking.net.

Alternative artifact framing systems may apply not only to a book system, but also to a book subsystem such as a page (such as these and other web log endless single pages) single word, and/or a single word as in Lisp by Ed Ruscha. Do also check out the word art at word art.

There are a number of online tools/generators that can transform your online information into other forms of information, other digital structures and architectures, that may also function as aesthetic digital or virtual objects. You can convert any (of your or other) web pages into a visualization or graph at Web pages as Graphs where three of the entries for this blog were converted: INFORMATION FIELDS & other interactions of energies outside limits of human perception (though some of these interactions may be experienced in various [un]provable ways [so far], depending on framing systems of proof in play) & KINDERGARTEN, GORT, LIMITED FORK THEORY, and THE STIG!, and last week's the GORT-STIG Helvetica-Connection Project and (some) Words & Images of Urgency: political, social, cultural, etc. (in favor of immediacy of response) (also: metaphor as all of this & more) entry.

Support of the web page graphing is through Fernando Luis Lara's alternative generation of and cataloguing of narrative information submitted to the 365 Special Days site.

Word Cloud generation of web page/blog content for alternative artifact mapping is available at Wordle.com where these clouds of this web log were generated:


When we last assembled, this was said, marking, in various ways, some subtle, for the moment, the moment and its associates, its riders, its steerers:

"I always try to avoid traveling with knives"
"I always travel with knives.... I had an out-of-body experience"

The subject of the evening became Helvetica, the choice of, physical configuration of thought, idea, agenda in the taking on of text form.

The subject of the evening was thew context of your projects within a system of obstruction (interaction as obstruction) of urgency: political, social, cultural, etc. urgency —a crucial bit of tech to work with in intersections of technology and the humanities is mind tech. A training of the mind to be(come more) adept in constructing flexible frames with variable connection points or hubs (that also function as bifurcation stations), frames that can be shifted and (re)positioned so as to invent, discover, & so forth; so as to expose territory that might otherwise not arrive at a surface to support activity and possibility. To identify and utilize possibilities instead of literalities can aid in realizing those tines of possibility that otherwise might not emerge in the realities with which we think we have contact.

And knives have something to do with this, the urgency that supports avoiding traveling with knives, & the urgency that supports always traveling with knives

The following stories may be considered, in some way, on some scale, for some duration of time, forms of knives:
The Circular Ruins by Jorge Luis Borges
The Garden of Forking Paths --ah: not just configuration(s) pf Borges's story, but also a virual experience of implications of the information, of what is among what is embedded in the information, what emerges as the information of the forking paths, of the garden is flexibly configured--
The Garden of Forking Paths --ah: the story, dynamically unfolds
The Garden of Forking Paths --ah: a full text version

There is an arrangement of knife and fork in which the knife becomes transparent:

(from tricks and illusions.com)

In Gabriel Garcia Lorca's The Quarrel, you can read about the knife, as in these lines from The Quarrel:

In mid-ravine
the Albacete knives
lovely with enemy blood
shine like fishes.
A hard light of playing-cards
silhouettes on the sharp green
angry horses
and profiles of riders.
In the heart of an olive-tree
two old women grieve.
The bull of the quarrel
climbs the walls.
Black angels bring
wet snow and handkerchiefs.
Angels with vast wings
like Albacete knives.
Juan Antonio of Montilla,
dead, rolls down the slope,
his corpse covered with lilies
and a pomegranate on his brow.
Now he mounts a cross of fire
on the roadway of death.

My having heard the comments about knives, my having received/been receptive to the being marked by) the incoming information that attached itself to a number of information hubs in the brain while also forming a new hub based on intersections of this arriving information and associated situations,
a new hub feeding/generating/supporting/configuring a system/subsystem of connection/meaning in which how Gort and tHe Stig might use knives, might have knives used against them begins unfolding

--like a switchblade.

So the 420 comments about knives function as obstructions to the agenda in place before the arival of the comments that reconfigured the agenda to include them, a reconfiguration in which I have some complicity via my attraction to the knives, an attraction much informed by a prior obstructive encounter with Lorca's The Quarrel. That an architecture of knives is important to my thinking seems reasonable to assume, and is something that will transform to a subsystem of my own agendas as I map further, as I allow/encourage folds of engagement with the idea system to become more defined, more sharp, more necessary for me to pursue toward some unfolding of some form of poam, more research and thinking, more constructing of imagined possibilities/realities for knives becoming necessary for (a self-generated) sense of significance to inhabit the folds that through such emphasis become reinforced and able to support further and/or intensifying investigation.

These Obstructions could not be avoided. I was sideswiped by them; they made an impression on my thinking

in part because of (acquired and modified) programming of my mind, so that attraction and preference help me focus on and embrace those knives, and link them now, through imagination-nurtured recollections of the film Freaks

As it turns out, there are indeed knives in the movie Freaks, as indicated in the plot summary at Wikipedia, the source of the following quote

Shortly thereafter, Hans is taken ill (presumably from having too much to drink at the wedding feast, but actually from poison that Cleopatra slipped him) and Cleopatra begins slipping poison into Hans' medicine to kill him so that she can inherit his money and run away with Hercules. One of the circus performers overhears Cleopatra talking to Hercules about the murder plot, and tells the other freaks and Hans; in the film's climax, the freaks attack Cleopatra and Hercules with guns, knives, and various edged weapons, hideously mutilating them. Though Hercules is never seen again, the original ending of the film had the freaks castrating him - the audience sees him later singing in falsetto. The film concludes with a revelation of Cleopatra's fate: her tongue cut out, one eye gouged and legs hacked off, she has been reduced to performing in a sideshow as the imbecile squawking "human chicken".

This commentary on knives in the movie Freaks comes from Adam-Troy Castro at SciFi weekly:

The original cut, removed by censors and no longer extant, sounds clearer: It seems that Cleopatra's legs are crushed by a falling tree, just before the freaks swarm over her with their knives. When we cut to her future existence in a sideshow, the feathers become easy to buy as part of a costume, "gaffing" the existing injuries of a woman whose legs have been amputated. It's still a horrific fate, but at least it makes some kind of logical sense. And it's too bad that the cut in existence also omits a shot of Hercules, also confined to the sideshow, singing along with the duck woman in falsetto. But the clear implication that he's been emasculated was never going to be allowed to pass muster in 1932 movie theaters—any more than this almost-as-emasculated final version was. Because Freaks was considered so horrifying, at its time, that it was banned in many countries and in some sections of the United States for more than 30 years.

Now I know that Edward Scissorhands might be Gort and The Stig's distant (though the space is closing) cousin:

Freaks: the movie
(look for the knives, those on screen, and those implied, suggested; those that can be [successfully] imposed, added, cut into the [replaying] of the film)

--tonight's 420 film festivals offers realities within realities, flexible framing systems that intersect with other flexible systems, though without overlapping completely; converging and diverging, looping, twisting systems of information folding and unfolding into a variety of geometries and architectures of meaning, experience, possibility, preference, realities.

Right here, you can see more of Ben Underwood from a CBS news story:

--at Reborn-baby.com The process of reborning a doll is being able to create as realistic baby as possible without producing actual babies which sometimes is not an option.

Here's a clip from the BBC documentary:

Watch more Glumbert videos on AOL Video

Juxtaposed with lived fantasy, with fantasy merged with lived shared reality is this scene that offers most of the clip (without the writing that appears in a seemingly blank book that helps open access to the reality of a monster (residing inside the language that designates him, his world, the rules of that world, and the bridge systems from that world to others):

For perceptual framing, for imagined and imaginative constructions, for compromised and compromising reconfigurations, for mutation, transformation, enhancement, interaction anything that exists somewhere on some scale for some duration of time is/can become/has been available for use, for consideration, for possibilities for scaffolding that might support meaning or some other ([flexibly] constructed) form of use; as if anything (including New Orleans) can be/is/has been/will be for sale, can be/is/has been/will be part of the stuff from which experience is processed:

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September 09, 2008

Collaboration, Ownership, Role of subjects and objects of expression and of community

As you set up and develop your projects/projects sites, do give some consideration to (and comment on, in some form) how responsibility interacts with the information you are generating, framing, sharing, manipulating

(for to present information is to resituate it in the context of the presentation; the reframing is to manipulate the information, to try to cause the information to be seen in some way [shaped by the limiting factors that help to determine a consensus context in which individual contexts emerge, evolve, bifurcate] —even an intention to provide unbiased framing is an agenda, a form of manipulation.

What does it mean to share?
If products of creative expression are free, how do those generating creative products earn a living?
How much free exchange is possible without restructuring societies and communities?
What impact is user-generated content having on authority and on the vetting of expressive producers?
Who will determine the canonical content?
Who can afford to share?
Who can't?
What are the rules that framing systems of information (specify contexts you are/would like/would not like —with reasons in any form— to consider) encourage? discourage? For whose greater good?
How is creativity shaped by direct (specify) and indirect (specify) (desired) goals of creative expression?
Is innovation an aspect of creativity? How do they differ?
Are there similar responsibilities in both?

Looking for the Big Break!

How is the big break configured?
(specify context(s)

How might the big break be (re)framed?

Do you think that some creative and/or innovative outcomes are withheld
or manipulated in pursuit of the big break?
Please explain (in any form[s]).

Here is shared creative expression from Strexx:

How does this creative product address (portions of [some of]) the questions raised in this post?

Let's also take a look at the creative expression that is a system of altering books, as in BOOK AUTOPSIES:

from shelleylyn.com
perhaps a practice easier to justify now that book content may be disseminated more easily in digital forms, and now that some fear an increasing obsolescence of printed books that offer more straightforward depictions of text (visit The Institute for the Future of the Book among other locations, and think about the collaborative writing of wiki books).

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