Archive for December, 2010

Back to work

Just starting to get a blogging head of steam up and writing a great essay expanding on my twecon photography presentation when….

A letter comes that our lease on this house won’t be renewed next year, as owner of the hosue has “other plans” for it. Panic stations to find a new house to rent in Mosgiel. Hence blogging may be intermittent.


Hey – if anyone wants to invest, properties are cheap here and we are great tenants!

Also wondering if these guys are available to help me shift. My kids are smaller!

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I was sent a link to this wonderful interview with Jorge Luis Borges and thought I’d share it.

“…the task of art is the transform what is continually happening to us, to transform all these things into symbols, into music, into something which can last in man’s memory.”

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Some more about #Twecon here and here. My thanks again to organiser Matthew Dentith.

Artist, Matthew Couper and the sacred spleen – springing in part, from a Facebook conversation about me wanting an ex-voto for neurotic suburban housewife (who me?) . I am a bit of a fan of Matthew’s work.

Every weekend our family troops down to the school pool and I read while the rest swim. Yep, I am the mum in the stands with the fogged up glasses reading Proust. Anyway it reminds me of Helen Holm in John Irving’s “The World According to Garp”. Helen was the wrestling coach’s daughter and often sat in the stands reading while her father coached Garp. Helen told Garp she will only ever marry a writer (silly girl) and so Garp decides he will become one. Like me, Helen wore glasses which fogged up while she read. Helen was a key figure to me in the 80s. She made it ok to be A READER.

A bit of a pointless story, but I’ve been reading a lot about memory (hence Proust) and echoes from the past. Today (at the pools) I found this:

it is fantasmatic, deriving from a kind of second sight which seems to bear me forward to a utopian time, or to carry me back  to somewhere in myself” Roland Barthes,  Camera Lucida  Chapter 16

It seemed so applicable as more and more often I come across passages in writing, and visual art that has this effect. I think this might be the key to why I especially like some art.

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Today I participated in #Twecon on twitter. The rules were quite strict but it was a lot of fun. At some point soon I will write a blog post elaborating on my presentation with proper references etc.

All presentations can be found here (prefaced by the rules) Mine was as follows:

The Inherent Melancholy of the Photograph: A Ghost in the Machine?
A brief exploration of emotional response to photography.

1. The Inherent Melancholy of the Photograph: A Ghost in the Machine? A brief exploration of emotional response to photography. #twecon

2. Barthes wrote of ‘the melancholy of photography itself’. Photos have an innate aura of absence, a moment past. #twecon

3 This aura is present in all photos. Some provoke it with technique & content http://tinyurl.com/2a62mkl http://tinyurl.com/2b2lau7 #twecon

4 Modern technologies invite us to imbue images with nostalgia http://tinyurl.com/ydj575g like the earlier use of faux sepia tones #twecon

5 But I propose it is the unnatural stillness of the image that triggers an atavistic part of the brain, suggesting rigour of death #twecon

6 From momento mori http://tinyurl.com/lxxa93 to the family snap there’s a ghost waiting in the machine. http://tinyurl.com/2a4drha #twecon

EDIT: Here is a great post about today’s #twecon

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