CN234

May 10 2022




It was neither the appropriate time nor were we wearing suitable shoes. It was just that the thing jutted up so suddenly and significantly — we felt somehow compelled towards it. To be clear, we were driving back from Puente Santo, down the 93 (by the quartz mine, just past where the 27 and the 8 intersect) when abruptly, over the ridge of the highway, arose a giant granite tower. Obviously there are tons of esoteric geologies out there, but this one we hadn’t remembered ever seeing.

We almost skidded off the shoulder, so sudden was our decision to stop. Without much thought we locked the car, side skipped down into the drainage ditch, hopped over a little trickle of black and green water, and bounded up the other side.

The north face of the mass started, almost at the edge of the bank; so we had to kind of wobble sideways to make our way. Emergence from the shadowed, narrow path, revealed a modest dirt field ringed by a few Palo Blanco trees. All blasted by the sun.

In the shade of the farthest one (about 25 feet away) sat an elderly man wearing a plaid shirt, jeans and green baseball cap. He was playing an accordion; which he stopped upon seeing us. Behind him there was a dilapidated bus partially blocked by a few branches. We could just make out some faded words on the side: “Juan Barrow and the Dusty Acres.”

Involuntarily we waved at him. He didn’t wave back but nodded sleepily and pointed up toward the stony peak. We walked following the direction of his hand, feeling a little confused as to why we did so.

There was a parting of the stone face that had the beginnings of a trail — really just loose rocks, tufts of brown mossy stuffs and hard-packed dirt. Looking up it seemed to be about 100 feet to the top. We took a deep breath, found our first sturdy foothold and started our ascent.

The heartsick accordion swells renewed. They seemed to change shape the higher we climbed.

End of Part One…






Sites in Use




We really love the Lenny Nero character in the movie Strange Days — there’s something about seeing designer Alfie Allen’s site that brought him to mind. We think it might be that Alfie’s site feels like a kind of chic, sporty digital information card that Lenny would carry. 👌






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Goings-On(line)


An offering of pieces and projects from around the web.

Denise Levertov, Living, 1967
OrtaMiklos Exhibition at Friedman Benda, 2022
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Oracle


Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following:




If you are like us you crave variation as well as steadiness. Finding this to be a bit of conundrum for structuring a normal day — this week we asked the oracle: what should a proper well organized day look like (keeping those two poles in mind)?

Don’t sacrifice your time for fantasy gains; take a moment to think about your long term goals to parse what is fantasy born of personal bias (those with traumatic pasts take special note). Deliberate the right amount of time on a subject — never too much — overthinking will cause even more difficulty. That is, since the body/mind needs rhythm for proper function, if one deliberates too long the body/mind will want to make indecision its new rhythm (this is SUPER common — big businesses/news-feeds/social-media-platforms thrive off of this wasteful energy/rhythm).


Ultimately strive to understand your place in things and make your days a reflection of this. You are better and worse than you think. Effective people shrink the poor-cognition-gaps in these two directions — and subsequently have more fruitful days (poetry in personal reflection, not fantasy).


This week we pulled the The Hanged Man in reversed aspect. When the Hanged Man is in normal aspect, that is upside down (🙃🤔) it represents something like biding time — that is, sacrificing time to contemplate/take-stock for longer term gains. When the hanged man is in reversed aspect , as it is here, there is a feeling that the sacrifices one is making are for nought — if a martyr falls in a forest with no one around to hear them do they have an effect? No.

Our first hexagram this week is #57, The Gentle (The Penetrating, Wind). It is through a never-lapsing small-scale influence that lasting, penetrating, effects are wrought. This principle can be applied to both inner and outer objectives, both far reaching and local. Poetically it is suggested that time is the instrument/medium here — as in transpiring by constancy over a long duration. There were two changes this week, of which the specific notes are: when indecisive for long periods of time, a military type resoluteness is wanted and “repeated deliberation brings fresh doubts.”

Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #61, Inner Truth. Though everything in this world is changing/evolving/drifting, it is vvveeerrryyy ssslllooowww — the effects are barely perceptible to the things involved (in this case us, humans). We feel most things as totally unchanging — and for our level of practical interaction (with the world, ourselves and each other) this is absolutely true. So, it is important for us to feel our place and act accordingly; that is, know when to be subservient, when to wrestle and when to lead. Without this understanding of one’s place in things, life is very difficult — likely needlessly so.









 

CN233

May 03 2022




We cut the engine at first sight of the little beach. Now were only a lapping against the aluminum bow and a light wind traveling past our ears. Beyond the approaching pale strip were miles of green sea grass, behind us as well.

The hull made a pleasant sound as it skidded to land. Hopping off, we grabbed the bowline and pulled the boat a little farther up — mooring to an antique and rotting piling. We laid down between the grasses and water, shirtless, resting on our elbows. An immensity of swaying green spread before us; Gainsborough clouds pluming above.

In the sparkling dark of the water just to the right of our stern, two small cormorants bobbed up. We hadn’t seen them before. Paddling discreetly below the surface they kept pace against the current. Their black, andiron rigidity gave them a funerary air. A third cormorant, this one significantly larger, alighted on the motor. It too seemed strange. Its head tilted in a contemplative manner, like some devil lost in a dream of dignity.

A little ways down, on the beach across the modest channel, a medium sized alligator appeared. It paused briefly halfway out of the reeds then gracefully withdrew into the water. When returning our gaze to the previous scene, the cormorants were gone — nary a trace.

We sat up gathering our legs to our chest, and rested our head on our knees — not comfortable to completely lose thought of the hidden reptile.

Above us, in sort of monarchical contrast to it all, a yellow sun radiated like a crown of gleaming, angelic wheat.

With a piece of driftwood we poked at the sand whilst absently whistling the opening descending notes of Mahler’s first symphony.






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Information is a construction and a complex — this seems to be the primary proposition (or preoccupation) of designer Charlie Shi. In evidence everywhere is a sensitive awareness that parts build up to comprehension — that nothing we display or that is displayed to us is an end or is insoluble.






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Goings-On(line)


An offering of pieces and projects from around the web.

Emily Pauline Johnson, Moonset, 1890
Rolf Julius, Performance, 1988
Maja Ruznic Exhibition at KARMA, 2022
Maison Martin Margiela, Fall/ Winter, 1989-90
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Oracle


Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following:




Death is a container into which life is poured; that is, life is insolubly defined by its end — this we perceive as fairly self evident. We humans “understand” a bit about actual life, but of actual death we know very little. Much majesty is attributed to the subject by religious types — and practical, flat answers usually issue from scientists and the like. Since we find this oracle to have answers somewhere betwixt the two perspectives (or at least productively parallel) — this week we ask the oracle: what is death?

Short answer: Death is a partner one has yet to understand.

Death is a modest state. But it is difficult to perceive it as such. Modesty is certainly not something to be feared but death is unknown — and what is unknown is often feared. Here we have a difficult loop. When something is confusingly tangled, stressful pulling only tightens and frustrates — one must be calm to face the knot.

Another way; “death” is a word, we are multiplicity. A multiplicity facing an unknown state should do so with calm.

Death is the same as everything else.


* * *

This week we pulled the Five of Swords. With this card we have an indication to consider the costs of winning by vanquishing. Fierce ambition is only significantly in phase with itself — but since we live in a world wholly interdependent, cold self-interest will eventually bring harm to itself. Consider your foe to be an ally of the long term, thus hidden.

Our first hexagram this week is #15, Modesty. Here, simplicity and a lack of pretension is said to be the mode to which all humans should aspire. “The destinies of humans are subject to immutable laws that must fulfill themselves. But individuals have it in their power to shape their fate, according as their behavior expose them to the influence of benevolent or of destructive forces. When a person holds a high position and is nevertheless modest, they shine with the light of wisdom; if they are in a lower position and are modest, they will not be passed by. Thus the superior person carries out their work to the end without boasting of what they have achieved. There was one change this week, of which the specific note is: “only through having the courage to marshal one’s armies against oneself, will something forceful really be achieved.”

Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #52, Keeping Still, Mountain. “True quiet means keeping still when the time has come to keep still, and going forward when the time has come to go forward. In this way rest and movement are in agreement with the demands of the time, and thus there is light in life.” But wait! “When a person has thus become calm, they may turn to the outside world. They no longer see in it the struggle and tumult of individual beings, and therefore they have that true peace of mind which is needed for understanding the great laws of the universe and for acting in harmony with them. Whoever acts from these deep levels makes no mistakes.” Jeez; yes.









 

CN232

Apr 26 2022



The world is neither theistic nor scientific; the tense energy between science and religion is really phantasmagoric, a meretricious friction between feuding simian aporias — bombastic, polysemous bricolage born of perfect insecurity and veiled ignorance. (It is as false for science to say that bees are a separate entity from flowers as it is for religion to say that either are made by a god.) The “world” (of course a word of ridiculously insane truncation) is simply beyond our comprehension.

But what is the point in admitting that ultimately one (or a group, or a society) doesn’t know?

Most would likely think that confessing to a lack of knowledge is an end — a defeat. But acknowledging transcendental cognitive shortcomings is really the only basis — a sole certainty.

A practical application/example, the death penalty. Since all first-degree murders can’t be proven with actual omniscience, a governing body should never penalize with death. This would be a dignified application of a lack of knowledge.

Another specific, anti-hubristic notion that we oft like to consider (and have mentioned before) is: if you were someone else, you would be them. That is, consider a person you loathe — if you had their exact DNA, their exact subsequent body, their exact parents, the exact context of their youth, etc. etc. — you would be them, with zero alteration. We agree that this notion of ultimate involuntary causality is a hard pill to swallow or a difficult knot to untie — but it is nevertheless true and really the only dignified way to contemplate or observe oneself and The Other.






Sites in Use




Strong design often utilizes something like positive tension — the counterbalancing of dissimilar conditions — like the baroque played against the restrained. Just look at the output of designer Christina Huang — all over her smart site are areas of intentional congestion, either implicit or direct, justified fertilely with extreme planeness. Vive “différance”…






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Dinamo Arizona




Of all the Dinamo variable fonts we introduced last week it is Arizona about which we are most excited. The possibility for display/header text to be wholly different serif-wise from bodycopy — but literally share the same heredity, is a kind of typographic utility we only dreamt of. And really it isn’t just a brassy, conceptual proposition, the cohesion is palpable (it totally works.) A thorough 🥂 to Dinamo and Co.






From Dinamo:

“ABC Arizona is the first ever sans to serif superfamily that packages its five looks—Sans, Flare, Mix, Text, and Serif—into one single font file. As a multi-purpose Variable Font, ABC Arizona slides from sans to serif, allowing you to explore every step and genre in-between the two. In other words, it’s a slim, all-genres-in-one happy-meal, versatile and adjustable for any context.”









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Goings-On(line)


An offering of pieces and projects from around the web.

Elizabeth Bishop, One Art, 1976
Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson et al, Seances, 2016
Shuang Li Exhibition at Peres Projects, 2020
Chalayan, Fall/ Winter, 1998-99
David Lyons, Record, 2013







Oracle


Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following:




All our readings this week point to some sort of caution regarding right measure when pursuing justice — that is, a risk of inequity in the pursuit of equity is a real danger. So, in manners of external judgments this period, use care in order that you don’t break what needs only cool-headed correction.

Complete Reading

This week we pulled the Knight of Swords reversed. The zealous confidence of the knight’s charge is furthered; the energy has become perverse. In your behavior watch out for fiery short-sighted narcissism — spilt blood can’t be undone.

Our first hexagram this week is #40, Deliverance. With this hexagram we have a discussion/warning regarding the release of great pressures. “…rain relieves atmospheric tension, making all the buds burst open, so a time of deliverance from burdensome pressure has a liberating and stimulating effect on life… a time in which tensions and complications begin to be eased. At such times we ought to make our way back to ordinary conditions as soon as possible… Returning to the regular order of life as soon as deliverance is achieved brings good fortune. If there are any residual matters that ought to be attended to, it should be done as quickly as possible.” There were three changes in our hexagram of which the specific notes are: celebrate victories with calmness and silence, don’t harbor anger in your heart against your enemies — set them free, and bide your time — then act.

Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #21, Biting Through. Here we have advice concerning the correct way to neutralize obstacles (of the human type). “When an obstacle arises, energetic biting through brings success. This is true in all situations.” However(!) the manner, measure and pressure applied is extremely important to get right: “unqualified hardness and excitement would be too violent… unqualified clarity and gentleness would be too weak… the two together create the just measure.”









 

CN231

Apr 19 2022





It was the fourth time. We placed the green apple on the same spot of the counter. And again it slid to the opposite side. It didn’t roll, it slid. We tried it with a cup, nothing. A pen, nothing. Only the apple worked. The fifth time we placed our hand in its path, to see if we could stop the odd trajectory — there was gentle pressure. We tried pushing it in the opposite direction, but it was immovable. After holding it in place for a bit a bodiless whisper landed in our right ear: “stop.” Stunned, we fell backwards onto the kitchen floor.

The apple finished its slow deliberate glide across the counter.

With our palms and feet we pushed ourselves back into the corner of the lower cabinetry. We sat this way disturbed for sometime; our right hand occasionally touching our right ear — the area we heard the voice and thought we felt breath.

From this part of the kitchen we had a clear view down the hallway and right through the mesh of the screen door. In the field across the road the neighbor’s children were playing catch with a small green ball. We watched them happily arc the object back and forth, until they were eventually enveloped by the spring dusk.






Sites in Use




Zurich-based architecture outfit Ehrl Bielicky is complete. To be clear “complete” is not meant as “finished” but being something that has all the essential elements — a thoroughly living and inquiring entity.

Like Venturi, Scott Brown before them — they’ve set up a practice to develop “a way of learning from everything.”

(Also, check their other deep sites/projects: Recording America and Superposition.)






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💥 All fonts from Dinamo are now variable! 💥

(As well, two new Dinamo fonts have been added: Arizona and Gravity; and of course these are also variable.)




To be sure, variable fonts have been somewhat accessible on the web, but not like this — completely and fluidly integrated into a site building context. We say this with zero sanctimony or self-flattery — we are just sincerely excited — one can use these Dinamo VFs as easily as any standard font:




(Next week we will feature a special note on Arizona — the font that gracefully morphs from a serif to a sans…)







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Goings-On(line)


An offering of pieces and projects from around the web.

Hermann Nitsch Exhibition at Press Projects, 2022
As Four, Spring/ Summer, 2001
Michel Ocelot, La Belle Époque, 2021
Polytechnic Exhibition at Raven Row, 2010
Carol Coates, Choral Symphony Conductor, 1949







Oracle


Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following:




The magnetic north of one’s inner compass is constantly being compromised by the pull of larger external magnetic forces. It is not to say that the orientation of one’s own compass is infallible (and needs further remove for proper functioning) just that there is a disorienting generalness to outside forces to keep in mind whilst establishing one’s bearings.

Since we are as much inclined to self deceive as we are to being deluded by others, it is important to be vigilant both on your ramparts as well as within your inner temple. 🤔 That is, proper positioning can never be achieved by only rooting out your internal biases — for once you have righted your own distortions you will have to possess enough energy and wisdom to contend with other’s prejudices towards you (and the things that affect you).

Ultimately there is no solution…

However… if you develop a sort of transcendental sympathy — a sympathy toward the complexity of ALL causality, in ALL directions — a firm kindness towards yourself and the world at large will result.


This week we pulled the Seven of Swords, reversed. It is worth noting that this is the same card (and same reversed orientation) that came up in our previous oracle. We find this relatively significant as the card has such a strange, almost ambiguous meaning. It seems to imply that the deceit implied by the card is not abating. Here is the reading from last week: “With this card, it’s hard to say whether the upright or reversed orientation is the more favorable; we are inclined towards saying that it’s the reversed position that is better. Either way the card intimates that a deception is underfoot, but the deceit is no longer hidden. The main thing to articulate is whether you are deceiving yourself or is it external? The point is that you know — just say it.”

Our first hexagram this week is #61, Inner Truth. Here, a beautiful suggestion of what is needed for proper accord between the self and the external world. “An egg is hollow. The light giving power must work to quicken it from outside, but there must be a germ of life within, if life is to be awakened. (Far–reaching speculations can be linked with these ideas).” The implication is of having an ebb and flow between hierarchies (internal or otherwise): “gentleness and forbearance toward dependents” and a “joyousness in obeying one’s superiors.” If this is confusing it is all about a kind of transcendental sympathy, a vigilant and constant attempt at understanding: “only when a bond is based on what is right, on steadfastness, will it remain so firm that it triumphs over everything… thus the superior person, when obliged to judge the mistakes of others, tries to penetrate their minds with understanding, in order to gain a sympathetic appreciation of their circumstances.” There was one change this week, of which the specific notes are: it is in the doing where all is revealed — do not rely on words and theories — get involved.

Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #60, Limitation, The Abysmal (Water). Haha(!): “It is necessary to set limits even upon limitation.” To be sure the hexagram begins by extolling the need and wisdom of setting boundaries: “Limitations are troublesome, but they are effective. If we live economically in normal times, we are prepared for times of want. To be sparing saves us from humiliation. Limitations are also indispensable in the regulation of world conditions. In nature there are fixed limits for summer and winter, day and night, and these limits give the year its meaning. In the same way, economy, by setting fixed limits upon expenditures, acts to preserve property and prevent injury to the people.” It’s just very fun (and wise) that the exposition on the shrewdness of restraint ends with the line that we opened with: “It is necessary to set limits even upon limitation.” So yeah, restrain yourself but not to a point where you have lost your core definition and purpose…









 

CN230

MAR 29 2022







In these hands above the keyboard,
We see the prior ape step
And the balletic bid.

Neither holds.
Just another face on Mars.
A theory from a cave.

But proposal of brain
Nevertheless,
Some thing proposes.







Sites in Use




The bringing together of graphic and interior design is a fun, and to our knowledge, novel idea — and seems to be the burgeoning experiment of young French designer Alain Van Garderen. It is often that one sees interior renderings before a project, but always in either a hypothetically artistic or necessarily realistic architectural manner. To employ a graphic sensibility to inform a project (rather then interpret it after the fact) seems so invigorating to the design of an interior; impeding the overly personal or clinical poles of the vocation, and pushing it into a more formal graphic-like game space.






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Goings-On(line)


An offering of pieces and projects from around the web.

Christina Rossetti, Up-Hill, 1861
Chloé Galibert-Laîné, The eye was in the tomb and stared at Daney, 2018
Eva & Franco Mattes, MSGM Headquarters, 2022
Yohji Yamamoto, Spring/ Summer, 2001
Philippe Parreno Exhibition at Esther Schipper, 1998






Oracle


Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following:




Often one gets to a place where they feel completely ineffective; often as much, the feeling is not because of a lack of effort or a clarity of goal. When such a situation reaches the level of ritualization, an air of the grotesque envelops. What to do?

Not all blockages are due to a lack of ideas or typical procrastination; sometimes a working difficulty can be caused by some sort of deception — really, it is not only within the world of politics or Hollywood agencies that willful deceit can be found. All signs this week indicate that duplicity is afoot and there doesn’t seem that much can be done about it — except… declaring it. It seems you/we know whether it is ourselves or an external party that is lying. So, make the judgment impartially and clearly — even risk harshness.

Also, know that all things are changing and that this time of unproductive treachery will move on…


This week we pulled the Seven of Swords, reversed. With this card, it’s hard to say whether the upright or reversed orientation is the more favorable; we are inclined towards saying that it’s the reversed position that is better. Either way the card intimates that a deception is underfoot, but the deceit is no longer hidden. The main thing to articulate is whether you are deceiving yourself or is it external? The point is that you know — just say it.

Our first hexagram this week is #21, Biting Through. Here, an exposition of the removal of obstacles (of the human kind). It is first said that breaking through an obstacle is always to be pursued: “when an obstacle arises, energetic biting through brings success. This is true in all situations.” Then follows a recommendation for how an obstacle is to be removed — neither too forceful nor too gentle: “unqualified hardness and excitement would be too violent… unqualified clarity and gentleness would be too weak… the two together create the just measure.” There were three changes this week, some turbulence should be expected this week — the specific notes are: even an erring towards harshness is forgivable here, stay gold (“true” and “impartial”) and “obstinacy leads to misfortune.”

Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #49, Revolution (Molting). An essential tenet of the I Ching is that everything happens in its own time and is always changing. Further, it wouldn’t be wrong to proffer that change and timing are the earth’s fundamental attributes. “Times change, and with them their demands. Thus the seasons change in the course of the year. In the world cycle also there are spring and autumn in the life of peoples and nations, and these call for social transformations… in the course of the year a combat takes place between the forces of light and the forces of darkness, eventuating in the revolution of the seasons. Humans master these changes in nature by noting their regularity and marking off the passage of time accordingly. In this way order and clarity appear in the apparently chaotic changes of the seasons, and man is able to adjust himself in advance to the demands of the different times.”