CN_142

MAY 26, 2020




The hunter cuts the lion off on the path of its sunny prowl. The proud, warm-furred lion is forced back into the shaded gloom of the forest. We think of this metaphor often — being confident and excited by the particulars of this or that pursuit, happily playing to our strengths, only to have some unexpected outside modifier (whether sham or true) present its critical reversal, befouling and disallowing our momentum. We always regroup and adapt though. But intermittently, a far more transcendental destabilizer emerges from our past — a point of contrast for which the gloom of the lion’s forest seems thoroughly pleasant.
            Quite a few years ago, somewhat accidentally, we ingested a prodigious amount of cannabis in its edible form; our encounters with this configuration have always been difficult, but here, it unhinged. The apex was such that we were unable to experience anything familiar; the distant path (sunny or otherwise) was replaced with something like a pure, relation-less consciousness. All objects, whether material or of thought, were reduced to a single strange, primordial substance. A stuff mirrored and blob-like when idle or unattributed — but at the slightest provocation would take on the characteristic offather” or “chair” or “sky” or “chewing” through supreme reflection and shapeshifting. Since it was everything nothing ultimately had any essence; all was simply this mimetic prima materia — the universe, a chameleon of our intentions. It seemed that it was only the total fatigue of our protracted lunacy that compelled the substance to weaken its camouflage and reveal itself.
            Generally we are enthusiastic and confident in our analytical pursuits, but there is a shadow now that wasn’t there before, it warns of bottomless terror. 🧠🤞

Image: Erwin Wurm





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A modest but really satisfying scroll of work from Australian graphic designer Alexandra Margetic. Throughout there seems to be a subtle but distinct influence of the visual arts, particularly minimalist abstraction and its sometime affiliate, concrete poetry. We have no idea if this is conscious, unconscious or even a wanted association. Nevertheless, text columns are indented and spaced making offbeat visual rhythms and letterforms are pushed to their recognizable limit. Lovely. 🖖





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GOINGS-ON(line)


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Annete Weintraub, Pedestrian
Claude Closky, Beautiful
Olia Lialina, Online Newspapers: French Edition


 



ORACLE


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 “Queen of Cups”. The image is of a woman staring into a chalice. The interior surface of such a vessel is reflective (and limited). The card points to the two main senses of “reflection”: that of the unemotional doubling an image (like a mirror) or of the quality of pensively looking inward (being thoughtful).
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, 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.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #31, “Influence.” This hexagram describes the elements and conditions needed to have a positive impact on a situation — to stimulate and attract. It states that humbleness and keeping an open mind is key to “mutual attraction”. Being fixated on oneself without listening will not encourage the necessary “attraction between affinities” which “is a general law of nature.”
        Our extraction: Being reflective is both good and bad. Bad reflectiveness is when one mindlessly gives people what they want. Good reflectiveness is when one has the bearing of thoughtfulness and reserve. This combined with the first hexagram seems to indicate an uphill murkiness — wanted gains will be slight. Adding the second hexagram seems to advocate for an openness in this period. Where you would normally act, listen; encourage curiosity and receptivity in yourself.






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CN_141

MAY 19, 2020




Recently we visited the house we lived in when young. No one we knew was still there. We were left to peek through the gate — only able to see a little bit of the Italianate cupola above the leaves. A remote folly. After letting a few memories fail at an arrangement, we walked away from the house down to “the river” at the end of the street. The river isn’t really a river. It is a long and narrow inlet that looks like a river; the “current” flows in different directions depending on the tides. As a child we spent much time there. The banks are either dense with trees or full of tan and tall reeds. Desiring to come upon a familiar nook, we ambled to one of the tree filled areas — a bank above a sandy patch. We scanned the landscape trying to materialize past affinities. From this squat bluff, looking down at the beach we could see a young girl. She was thoroughly ensconced at the end of a row of small haphazard sand piles. Apparently she was burying things. From a grey blue canvas bag she removed one of those orange-jacketed hard drives and placed it in the small hole; then covered it with sand. Dragging her bag and moving a little further on, she dug another hole and placed in it what looked like a notebook, and covered that too with sand. It was odd, but we had thought better of asking what she was up to. Perhaps lost in thought, we meandered further up about a quarter mile to a reed field — a wind was blowing through; the sound was beguiling.





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Plainly at the top of artist Stéphanie Solinas’ site, sits the phrase “List of Works.” What a beautiful group of words. So economical. So clear of purpose — simultaneously commencing a structure and delivering a directive. It intimates a combination of “let’s begin” with something like “the work is the substance.” And the simple vertical scroll allows the artist’s themes to unfold naturally and fluidly — themes, it seems worth mentioning, that touch upon Icelandic elves, the philosophy of Michel de Certeau, the materialism of Duchamp, the ecstasy of saints, Baudelaire’s social incisiveness… 🖖





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GOINGS-ON(line)


Continuing the celebration of isolation, this week’s selections are again entirely web-based.

Adriano Santi, anti.likesilver
Brenna Murphy, Key
Arturo Herrera, Almost Home


 



ORACLE


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 “Two of Disks” (alternately known as the “Two of Pentacles” or the “Two of Coins”). This is the card of the successful juggler. It points to the ability to manage multiple projects or modes with skill and confidence.
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #31 “Influence.” This hexagram describes the elements and conditions needed to have a positive impact on a situation. It states that humbleness and keeping an open mind is key. Being fixated on oneself without listening will not encourage the necessary “attraction between affinities” which “is a general law of nature.”
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #28, “Preponderance of the Great.” With this hexagram comes a direct warning, something is too heavy for the support it’s being given. Swiftness to correct the situation is strongly advised; contemplative planning will lead to disaster. 
        Our extraction: As the adage goes: the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function — basically “juggling” is a superlative and wanted skill; thus it is neither common nor easy. It requires that one be completely wrapt without focusing too much on one element. This is equanimity and it is fundamental. Act fast to correct glaring errors and keep your projects fresh and moving.





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Daniel Temkin, Drunk Eliza
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CN_140

MAY 12, 2020




The past was never old.
The present, in a fold.
The future, told.

We decided to walk down to the garden; we still had time after all. Upon entering we were immediately taken aback by the casual ruthlessness — everything was tangly and burgeoning tumescence. There were annabelle hydrangeas punctuated by organ pipe cactus. Mammoth pink rhododendrons bouldering among waves of all manner of orchid. Rotting fruits were clumped in bizarre, Arcimboldo-like mounds. From among this acrid organic panorama, we started to hear something that we can only describe as a distributed voice. It was like a chorus, not a musical choir or whatever — but like those in Greek tragedies. At first it was almost indistinguishable from the rustling of the leaves. But after awhile its volume rose and separated itself. It seemed to be trying to orient us — telling us what had happened, what was happening— and ultimately cresting in an implication of expectations. The voices became so pervasive that by the end it was almost as if we were talking to ourself.





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The casings of the early Apple computers were a tan/beige color (the first incarnation was warm and called “Putty” — the second, a touch cooler and called “Platinum”). We’ve always found these tones to be quite well chosen — appropriate, understated neutrality; hardware as background. Similarly and seemingly with intention, these anodyne ecrues are used to solid and lovely effect on the site of Danish design studio Van Horn. The whole situation exudes a distinctive, calm confidence maybe even something like a poetic impartiality? 😑👌





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GOINGS-ON(line)


Continuing the celebration of isolation, this week’s selections are again entirely web-based.

Ben Benjamin, Superbad
Roberto Echen, Homage to Albers' Hommage to the Square
Robin Murphy, THE MAT


 



ORACLE


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 “Ace of Swords” — a card of power and action. The “action and power” being of the noble kind, either brave or intellectual; not a blind, brute force. If anxiety or trepidation holds you from a desired course, now is the time to push through the fear. Of course, there should be caution (planning) when utilizing intense forces, as they hard to undo, their effects greater.
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #33, “Retreat”. “The power of the dark is ascending.” Hostile forces are advancing. These forces are not sensitive or particularly intelligent; but for whatever reason, they have the advantage. Here, “retreat is not to be confused with flight.” It is a time for the person of light and sense to act with “dignified reserve.”
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #29, “The Abysmal.” This hexagram like the previous, points to a time of general, external difficulty. Thus it is not an impediment to be eliminated, by reflection and a change of behavior — it is “an objective situation to which one must become accustomed.” In a very beautiful manner it is suggested that the advance or outlasting the difficulty can only be achieved by “sincerity.” It implies that the sincerity is a kind of inner joyousness — a “joyousness, which remains undaunted even if it must renounce the world.”
        Our extraction: Within the description of hexagram #29 there is a line of such depth, power and usefulness that we dare not say more; we only wish we could use some sort of AI to intermittently insert it into our site line: “hatred is a form of subjective involvement by which we are bound to the hated object.”





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John F. Simon, Jr., Every Icon
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eteam, SL Dumpster
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Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Prometheus Bound
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CN_139

MAY 05, 2020




It may sound odd but often it feels as if we are being haunted. At any given moment something is always there but can’t be seen; a presence, not necessarily malignant but possessing us for an unknown purpose. Words emanate from our mouth with alienated automatism. An estranged personality is obsessively enacted. A perpetual whispering is heard. Nightly visions occur. Inanimate objects radiate and can’t be resisted — there are even times when we find ourselves standing in front of certain paintings or a clump of trees without knowing why. This controlling specter is without a body and apparently beyond reach of ordinary device, incorporeal. This very writing, tapping out these fairly ancient glyphs, is felt as a yielding to its command. Is it mastering us from the empty chair across the table? Is it devising plans for us from a world inside the bathroom mirror? At times it seems like it’s simultaneously inside and outside of our body — performing us and swirling around us like the serpent of Asclepius. Only once when we were out in the wilds by ourselves, did we feel powerful and perhaps ridiculous enough to call out to it. We yelled: “I summon you! Show yourself!” Immediately without pause a voice from somewhere slowly, almost inaudibly whispered: “What makes you think you could handle such an event?” It made us shudder in the warm sunlight, and put us back in our place (so to speak). The response though, now that we are once again ensconced in the familiar queerness, has taken on a mild benevolence; there was a touch of kindness in its warning.

Mandelbrot animation by Bill Tavis





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Painter Bridget Riley once said something to the effect that color only exists for the artist. That is, color as it is encountered in lived life, reflected off of this and that surface, is unquestioned — it simply is what it is; but for an artist (or a designer) color is “abstract.” Color for these people is removed, representational, perhaps even artificial — used to convey (emotions, moods or what have you). And since things must separate in order to appear, the knack for creating chromatic harmony is the key (juxtapositions). Which leads us to the site and work of designer/director Chad Miller whose command of color coordination is quite sophisticated. His selection of a gray overarching environment for his various projects was a prudent one. Similar in spirit to the way Wright and Barragán made the entrances to their buildings low and confined so that subsequent spaces felt large and impactful — the gray on Miller’s site generally subdues to maximize the subjective vigor of each of the varied project palettes.





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GOINGS-ON(line)


Continuing the celebration of isolation, this week’s selections are again entirely web-based.

Vuk Ćosić , ASCII Unreal
Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead, Short Story
Yto Aranda, Homage to Guillermo Deisler
Rafaël Rozendaal, Falling Falling

 



ORACLE


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 “Three of Cups” — a card which symbolizes joyful revelry of a social order. The feeling of abundance pervades — perhaps a celebration of group dynamics or a party to signify the achievements of one whose success benefits all. It is also suggested to find “humor amidst the tragedy” and be discerning of friends; choose ones that won’t judge your choices.
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #50, “The Caldron.” This hexagram deals with the subject of nourishment, writ large and for the masses. The creation of nourishment is a very interdependent and far reaching arrival. It involves weather, farming, means of distribution and deeply skilled knowledge of preparation. Cultivation and connectivity are the chief attributes here.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #47, “Oppression.” It is said that “everywhere superior people are oppressed and held in restraint by inferior people.” It is a time where superior people are going to be misunderstood. But it is recommended “to be strong within and sparing of words” as well to be “cheerful despite all danger, and “this cheerfulness is the source of later successes.”
        Our extraction: With all three readings it seems that any significant activity or development, during the week, is going to be group oriented. Perhaps participate in activities that have beneficial societal implications.  As well, it is wise to keep an upbeat attitude in the face of any adversity — there will be trouble but keep reactions under control and by all means do not get mired.





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Nekojiru-Sou, Cat Soup
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Alan Sondheim, Poems
Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel
Yoshi Sodeoka, Mesmerandom Part 1 & 2
The Body Research Machine
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Collecting Robert Aickman



CN_138

APR 28, 2020




Being correct is impossible for a human, except of course in pointing out errors in other humans. Therefore most live in fear of being criticized, hiding in plain sight, in groups, only risking mild admonishments — domesticity vacillating between low-grade torpor and anxiety. Being venturesome is rare in this world — being venturesome and poetic rarer still. By “venturesome” we mean possessing courage enough to leave the group and chance its varied wraths (nothing binds people more than shared reproach). By “poetic” we mean something like stalking the edges of belief and meaning, whilst struggling to channel the inscrutability into a medium —these are people whose curiosity outlasts their fear. The late and supremely great Terence McKenna was such a person.
        Terence McKenna was of the latter 20th century; he did what might be called performative speculation (group talks, workshops, lectures and the like). He occupied a space not easily categorizable. He was a writer as well, but to experience him one really has hear him. He was a tourer and documenter of the farthest perimeters of consciousness, of which his transport was mainly DMT and psilocybin. He spent countless, intense, inquisitive hours in places that most still consider to be illicit, unmentionable and invalid — though no doubt his speculations have already invisibly informed much.
        McKenna was dazzlingly deep and cosmically funny. At any given time he had full command of pop, arcane, and literate culture, forging wild combinations with his special nasal drawl. Because of his singularity there was often an unfortunate sense that he had to intermittently dumb down his theories to suit his audience’s reference levels. His unique sophistication outstripped both the new age and the academy. At his best he pulsed with an electric, perilous brilliance.
        We think McKenna is ready to be exalted and re-filed; the canon needs a new section.

Listen: The World and its Double, lecture, 1993





SITES IN USE




Superb poise and obsidian-like refinement pervade the site of French graphic designer Melvin Ghandour. Whether with black ink or white pixel his touch has the feel of being contoured by an eloquent and patient scalpel. And throughout this noir et blanc harmony are the occasional, masterly-employed, jewel tones of religious vestments. The sheer exquisiteness is really making us reconsider the absence of letterhead and business cards in our life.





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GOINGS-ON(line)


Continuing the celebration of isolation, this week’s selections are again entirely web-based.

Alexei Shulgin, Form Art
Annie Abrams, Rassur
Daniel Temkin, Endless Meander

 



ORACLE


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 Universe.” This card is a symbol of deep, ultimate integration, a harmony of all the primary aspects of human life: “energy, emotion, ambition and material goals.” It points to setting the course of overarching, lifelong projects.
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #54 “The Marrying Maiden.” Here, as is the case with many of the I Ching’s hexagrams, behaving with tact and reserve, is suggested. We are all born into a situation that is underway — to say the least. To believe that we can really know the factors that will influence the success of our goals is foolish. But we can assist ourselves, that is not hinder our development, by eliminating hubris and narcissism.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #25 “Innocence/The Unexpected.” It is said here that accordance with nature requires the aspect of innocence — it is therefore fundamental to understand the difference between innocence and its antithesis, corruption. Innocence is a state where one isn’t corrupted or possessed by/with hardened expectations. Many of us, because of the painful blows of childhood involuntarily walk through life in a position of self protection; it is impossible to accept love when you are guarding (expecting the opposite of love). Even death may be love.
            Our extraction: The three readings flow quite well together (they probably always do 🙄). Make large goals, unburden or accept your past (your corruptions, your rust, your barnacles) and be humble and open about your desire for the warmth of love. Take a calm look around to better plot your ultimate course for these goals. If your world is in turmoil make these basic, broad undertakings your only path (do not take on new relations or additional duties).





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