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AUG 4, 2020


A long time ago a friend was recounting some prosaic events of her day. Throughout her story she continually employed a more or less basic expression, but at the time (and ever since) struck us as quite odd but quite correct. She would say something like, “well I went into _______ and before I knew what I was up to, I had spent my whole paycheck.” Or, “I was watching _______ and before I knew what I was up to, I had watched the entire season — and it was 3 o’clock in the morning.” The phrase before I knew what I was up really sums up a major part of the human condition. Life is experienced as underway and very smoothly, but we really only glance retrospective snapshots of it. There is a mechanism that inserts a kind of magic interpolation between these snapshots, transubstantiating it all into a tense or narrative… I took a job as a boat captain but before I knew what I was up to I realized I had spent the entire journey looking only at the wake.
 





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In his 1941 pamphlet (Toward the True Vision of Reality) Piet Mondrian wrote that “…equilibrium can only be established through the balance of unequal but equivalent oppositions.” Though meant for non-objective painting, the statement obviously could not be more relevant to the graphic arts. In the work of Spanish designer Maria-Elba García we see a beautiful realization of this compositional awareness — asymmetric placements beautifully striving towards plastic harmony. 🖖





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Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: For the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



This week we pulled the “Knight of Cups”. This card symbolizes new opportunity — the arrival of something beneficent. The image is of a poised soldier; and implies that to receive any such beneficence requires calmness and gracefulness.
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #7, “The Army.” The topic discussed here is the invisible that makes something strong (an army in a time of peace, groundwater, wealth) and what is necessary to keep that (invisible) strength. It states first that “without strict discipline nothing can be accomplished” and then that “a people living under a mild rule becomes strong and powerful.” So whether you lead an actual group or just the parts of yourself, focus on discipline and cultivate that discipline with kindness — and make sure to lead by mild example.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #45, “Gathering Together.” For great things to be achieved people must work together. It is individuals of great faith or great deeds that unite people. But with masses there is always danger of large catastrophe, so if possible a leader (of great faith or great deed) should constantly be preparing for mass trouble.
        Our extraction: What we see running through these readings is something like opportunity is only possible with the constant preparation, of a dyed-in-the-wool or skin-in-the-game leader. (Again if you are an individual think of the “masses of people” as the disparate parts of yourself.)


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JULY 28, 2020




We wouldn’t say that we don’t trust plants — it’s just that we do not adhere to any sort of notion that the flora of this world are docile, passive or even innocent life forms. Their gentle visage is really mainly due to our unavoidable anthropocentrism; our inability to grok that “life” takes place at different speeds (accelerated videos show green tendrils as nothing if not wildly whipping and groping). The relaxing, shaded quietude of trees when windless, might actually be an infinitely aggressive poise. The soothing rustling of solar cells we hear during gustier times, might be a kind of raving. Of course the truth is that the activity of plants is simply unintelligible to us — interdependent creatures but with attributes and subsequent behaviors completely parallel to our own. To us there seems no need to look to extra terrestrials for alien life; the most mysterious ones are right in view almost at all times. Familiarity breeds invisibility apparently.

Image: Jean-Pierre Raynaud






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We consider Dutch designer Maureen Walschot to be something like a typographic fantasist. This is not to say that her work is somehow wild or illegibly outré; it is in fact wholly clear and full of utility. It’s just that we see a self-containment and internal pleasure that doesn’t seem to let of petty influence — a graphic dream where harmony and novelty coexist without friction. 🖖





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Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: For the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



This week we pulled the “Two of Cups”. Here we have a card indicating harmony, the peaceful intermingling of forces. If there is to be a warning it would be that some (exterior to the melody) might be jealous of such mellifluousness — it is wise not to be showy about accord.
            Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #50 “The Caldron.” The fiftieth hexagram deals with nourishment on a large scale — the image of a cauldron and a cooking flame. It implies that the best and truest nourishment is not selfish but concerns all people, it “must grow beyond itself, extend into the realm of the invisible.” “The fate of fire depends on wood.” Fire is that which cooks the food, and makes nourishment possible. The sequence of true nourishment extends beyond our understanding and control — good fuel (wood for cooking) is part of a vast sequence of forests and weather and microbes and insects and anon — the best part an individual can play is to be a loving cultivator: find good wood and cultivate a healthy flame.
            Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #33 “Retreat.” “Retreat is not to be confused with flight.” If forces are unequivocally overpowering it is best to reserve your energy, rather than live in a fatiguing fantasy. Wait to make your move until the wave has subsided; perseverance here means to conserve. Unlike last week where the powers of darkness were diminished, this week, “the power of the dark is ascending.” These forces are not sensitive or particularly intelligent; but for whatever reason, they have the advantage. It is a time for the person of light and sense to act with “dignified reserve.”
            Our extraction: The feeling this week is something like, if anything like a nutritive harmony is to be had this week, it should be performed privately or intimately. It is not the time for banners of triumph but perhaps something like needlepointing noble aphorisms while discussing nourishing plans with a loved one.



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July 21, 2020




Form follows function as they say;
These lines confirm it in their way.
But what moves outside their shape?
Careful when you lift the drape.

It is often wondered whether spells are real; that is, whether or not words alone can be invoked to create definitive change in a person or situation. With zero intention of cheap provocation, it is our belief that the existence of spells is self evident. An illustration — by way of a stream of questions about names and naming — we think the giving of a name is the primordial spell. So, let’s think about your name in particular; where did it come from? What does your name do? Can you change it? How often can you change it? Can you eliminate it? Can you eliminate it completely? Is your name “you”? Are there names that could have made your life difficult? Ones that could have made it easier? Why? How? … A name is clearly a powerful device; suffice it to say, a name is quite a serious spell. So what kind of spell is a name? It’s binding and births connectivity — it conjures utterability, grants visibility and secures inclusion… What about not having a name? Can someone or something be nameless? If this someone or something is nameless could we see them/it? Perhaps there is a realm or dimension of constantly morphing names. Can we even conceive of such a thing? Some people think that there are things, entities that have names of which we are as yet ignorant. And that if we were to figure out their name, such things would come forth or reply… What are the names of the future? How can we influence what is to come by naming the emergent things? It is certainly worth taking seriously.

Image: Hamish Fulton






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Digital space is of course not physical space, but nor is most “space” in the spaces of art. So unless physicality is central to an art piece the experience of art on the web can be significant. It is true that there are basic color, luminosity and scale concerns, with art’s translation to pixels — but there is also an intimacy, quietude and linked relation that can’t be had terrestrially. The site for the Taiwanese gallery FOGSTAND, is moving sturdily and steadily towards this web space + art space enchantment. The feeling there portends a bright future for art viewing on the internet. 🖖





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Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: For the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



This week we drew the “World” card (also known as the “The Universe” in the Book of Thoth). This could be considered as the foremost card in the whole of the tarot deck. It is implied here that the “seeker” will find quintessential union. As well, metaphysical poise and awareness is achievable with little effort beyond being open to it.
        Our initial hexagram this week had no changes; this means that how we enter the week is how we will exit it. The single hexagram is #11, “Peace.” “Heaven and earth are in contact and combine their influences, producing a time of universal flowering and prosperity.” The aspects of Creativity and Receptivity are in concert. It brings good fortune to be open during this period; though do not think of it as work. The usual combatants are not ascending: “light has a powerful influence, while the dark is submissive”.
        Our extraction: In such loud, roiling and uncertain times it seems hard to believe a reading of such clear beneficence. But often wisdom and peace is a simple change in perspective, it’s not always hard-won victory over adversity. Perhaps unclench and allow yourself to hear the beauty, humor or neutrality of all things. As well, it will be worthwhile to open yourself to the habits of birds and the patterns of cars. There is much to hear and see in all things from the lilts of conversation to the buzzing of the refrigerator to patterns of stains on sidewalks… And most of all entertain the possibility of forgiving the tendencies of your own head.




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July 14, 2020


On Saturday night after about an hour’s sleep we woke up with pulsing phrases in our head; the persistence of which was enough to make us get out of bed to write them down. They were: We go to elaborate lengths to conceal how plainly difficult life is. It seems we experience an important type of beauty only when this elaborate concealment is removed. But it is too painful to remove for any length of time. That night we had fallen asleep reading Maiden Voyage by Denton Welch. Welch was a rather vicious writer; at times narcissistically unfair but always voluptuously frank. He is something like a consistent solace to us. We can’t remember the dreamtime context of the phrases at all — but nevertheless find comfort, when the effect of art is a “wisdom” formulated wholly unconsciously. 📘😑

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Australian graphic designer Alexandra Margetic seems poised to become a master of the text field. A text field or body copy or whatever one calls it, is a lovely thing. It is not that we don’t care about content, it’s just that the initial Bezold-field-like buzzing of these typographic patches gives us immense pleasure — hers gives that thrill of seeing areas of differing crops seen from a great height.





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Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: For the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



This week we pulled the “Two of Pentacles” (alternately known as the “Two of Disks” in Crowley’s Thoth deck, and elsewhere, the “Two of Coins”). A good paraphrase for the intimations here would be: manage your energy in order to master your tasks. This card indicates this period as a time for pursuing balance in all of your endeavors — perhaps discourage the burrowing into a particular venture.
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #56 “The Wanderer.” This hexagram talks of temporariness and moving on, as embodied in the image of the wanderer. The “wanderer” here seems a symbol of the light energy that moves through all things. Perhaps the implication is that to really stay light it is necessary to treat much as a “passing matter” — it is unwise for certain things to be “dragged out indefinitely.”
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #35 “Progress.” “Progress” here is seen as the image of a sun rising out of the dark, ever increasing its clarity and reach. In terms of human interaction it is suggested that deep trust and mutual clarity among collaborators is the basis for all success. Duty born of trust equals prosperity.
        Our extraction: All indicators this week point to a kind of “clear mindedness.” Progress depends on balance, a light touch combined with a deep conviction.


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July 07, 2020




We misted over to level three; feeling the slight memory loss of doing so — as calculated of course. It helps to remember that structures used to do this without sincere planning; spending no time in for-scope, not having any preparatory, disposable memories in formation. Just imagine misting without proper calculation! You could mist and risk not know where or what you were at all — like a zero-baby having to start the whole infernal process over… In any case… We misted over to level three, started zonescaling and extracellular-matricial growth for the 1,000,000¹⁰⁰⁰⁰⁰⁰ time, when it occurred, that route-binding was actually an option. You couldn’t image our surprise. We were always under the impression that you were either primordially route-bound or at rare moments vampired-in route-bound — so to speak. We never realized that simply wanting was a possibility of escape from the endless pruning of Splice Parse Place. To be clear we never wanted to be a friction donor at S.P.P. — it was just the old standard pattern — level one: lowly occuroid domesticater, to level four: calculation defamiliarizer, back to level one: sad spore guild agent, and ultimately the prosaic return to trans level as a S.P.P. friction donor. Of course route-binding to Warm Ball Place isn’t without risk — our bubble-form has never been super stable; if we pop pre-pipe we could be cast out as a protein complicator or worse — a confirmed virus. 🤞

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There is a harmonic state constantly being attempted by adept primarily print oriented designers like Jeroen Wille and Ruud Ruttens, on the web. They seem to be endeavoring to calm the innate discord resultant from the tyranny of digital translation — by not sacrificing the terrestrial precedents/lessons of “classic” graphic design. We find this beautiful and wise, and in direct opposition to the thematically bereft, aesthetically un-piloted pandora’s boxes of Silicon Valley type stuff.





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Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: For the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



This week we drew the “Justice” card (alternately known as “Adjustment” in Crowley’s Thoth deck). This card points to clarity and balance. Questions proposed in this period will yield unbiased answers. It is a time to pursue deep, personal inquiries and listen openly.
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #9 “The Taming Power of the Small.” This hexagram intimates that currently individuals have little outward effect. And since external potency is at a low ebb, it is an opportune time to refine personal skills and ready sincere talents — for eventual application. “An individual, in times when they can produce no great effect in the outer world, can do nothing except refine the expression of their nature in small ways.”
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #18 “Decay, Work on what has been spoiled.” “We must first know the causes of corruption before we can do away with them… so that a relapse may be avoided.” “Success depends… on proper deliberation.” The lines here outline a method for preparation, not for outward action. Reduce the signals and meditate on your faults. Make plans to befriend or eliminate past errors.
        Our extraction: The card and two hexagrams are all pointing inwardly. Subsequently there is a solid trio of endeavors: the pursuance of a deep personal truth, the taking of time to perfect one’s aptitudes (for latter utility), and reflection on what is rank or outmoded within, so as to begin afresh.