Saturday, June 24, 2006

But did it ever occur to you, my friend, that force and matter are simply the barriers to perception imposed by time and space? When one knows, as I do, that time and space are identical and that they are both deceptive because they are merely imperfect manifestations of a higher reality, one no longer seeks in the visible world for an explanation of the mystery and terror of being.

Frank Belknap Long, The Hounds of Tindalos, p. 84

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

"According to Levi-Strauss, the more complex the organisation of a society, the greater the quantity of entropy produced. The more elaborate a given structure, the more it will be marked by disintegration. Thus 'primitive' or 'cold' societies (whose functioning, according to Levi-Strauss, is something like that of a pendulum mechanism) produce very little entropy; while 'warm' societies (which are more like internal combustion engines) generate an enormous quantity. The USA, the most highly developed of the warm machines, therefore generate the greater part of the disorder.

'L'entropoloque' James Lingwood

"For Smithson urban exploration is the pursuit of a medium, a means to glean aesthetic and philosophical categories with which to work from the territory. One of Smithson's most extraordinary abilities lies in the constant mingling in his explorations of physical descriptions and aesthetic interpretations: the discourse crosses different planes simultaneously, loses its way on unfamiliar paths, delves into the material surrounding it, transforming the stratifications of the territory into those of the mind..."

From 'Walkscapes' Francesco Carreri

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