Untitled Form: Symmetry (2020)
Symmetry perception is hardwired
‘No two leaves of a fig tree are exactly alike,’ wrote Matisse in Jazz 1947, ‘they are all shaped differently. Yet each one shouts “Fig tree”.
I think about the human development both fetal and intellectually. Also, I think about how smartphones
are becoming the third arm, how they are equally all smartphones and bilaterally symmetrical in
appearance. But their content are different, despite the likelihood that many apps downloaded are the
same. Is this not a reflection of the habits or behaviours that humans have too!
Martha and the Muffins — Echo Beach
a nice bit of musical inspiration as echos are also linked to symmetry in sound
The legs of the ballet dancer (Brassai 1937), as with the other legs I’ve posted it reminds me that
not only do legs take us places but now our fingers do. They type and through this open up an vast
amount of resources all available online. The dancers are found on their tiptoes but our fingertips are
found dancing across a keyboard numerous times per day.
Walking is performed unilaterally and many phone users type unilaterally with their thumbs.
In Dreams — Peggy Sue (2020)
(drumroll like a marching band)
“The striking asymmetries in Romantic art, with its cult of rocks, storms, ‘unbalanced’ states of mind and impulsive actions, embody this strangeness. These are things that make you feel strange to, or take you out of, yourself (precisely the effect that the Sublime was supposed to have). The border between strangeness and recognition is neatly illustrated by the Rorschach blot exercise, in which shapeless ink spillages on a sheet of paper promptly metamorphose into bilaterally symmetrical forms (insects, flowers, faces and so on) when you fold the sheet in half.
Warhol’s Rorschach experiments of the mid-1980s relate clearly to his obsession with copies and multiples, and the way in which these toy with the ‘recognition response’ as it applies to culturally constructed identity and commercial product recognition.”
Think back to the research about GRYMTTRS and the development of your own research. Think about the ideas that you had for your own inspired Rorschach test and Warhol’s work.
I think I am looking not only at symmetry perception and form but the invisible symmetry on a mental
capacity and how their is an etheric bond between people and groups who identify with each other.
These can build romantic and or platonic intimacy as well as sensuality.
Using the mirrors in the installation experiment I think that somehow it displays the element of a reflection seen in the Rorschach test as well as in other people when those etheric chords connect and entwine.
Mirror Glitch (2019)
“The word mirror is etymologically related to mirare (to gaze), and to miracle or wonder; behind these lies the Sanskrit smi, or smile. In this construction, reflection, wonderment and greeting are all components of the act of gazing.”
The power of the gaze in the digital age has allowed intimacy to become fragmented, and reminds me
too of the art of the gaze from Deleuze book Organs without Bodies
“In his ‘conceit’ of lovers mirrored in each others’ eyes, the Metaphysical poet John Donne captured a trancelike bedroom fusion of intimacy and narcissism: ‘My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears/And true plain hearts doe in the faces rest.’ “
“Lateral orientation and self-referentiality also point to each other in language. The meaning of terms such as “right” and “left”, like “I” and “you”, is only comprehensible from the point of view of the speaker. In contemporary self-portraits the relation between image and body changes when the eye of the camera makes no distinction between left and right. This uncoupling of image and body — already apparent in the self-portraits of Fantin-Latour — became particularly virulent when artists first started to utilise two technological innovations: video and cameras. The former brought the eye of the camera intimately close to the moving body; the latter created a second, non-reversed mirror image. So can we know what does actually lie between left and right?”
^food for thought about lyrics
Gartenzwerg (1972) Dieter Roth
Should We Reproduce the Beauty of Decay? A Museumsleben in the work of
Publication — online (Tate) Heide Skowranek
Triggered the memory of carbon isotopes and radioactivity in the body as I’m drawn to consider the matter decaying as beauty ages. How has the perception in society changed to incorporate and diversify ‘new standards’ of beauty.
“Along with the radioactive carbon 14 isotope , eight thousand atoms decay in our bodies every second: human beings are radioactive creatures ! Atoms of potassium 40 and carbon 14 are emitters of beta electrons, particles which are immediately absorbed by the body.”
When a living organism dies, the radioactive carbon is no longer absorbed, and the ratio of carbon
14 present begins to decrease. The amount still present in a sample of what was once a living creature
can thus be used to determine its age.
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