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Immediations – Urban Fabric, Infrastructure, Ecology (Zurich)

Football at S Maria Maggiore 3

The enormous church of S. Maria Maggiore stands on one of Rome’s seven famous hills. Originally the site was very unkempt, as can be seen in an old fresco painting in the Vatican. Later, the slopes were smoothed and articulated with a flight of steps up to the apse of the basilica. The many tourists who are brought to the church on sight-seeing tours hardly notice the unique character of the surroundings. They simply check off one of the starred numbers in their guide-books and hasten on to the next one. But they do not experience the place in the way some boys I saw there a few years ago did. I imagine they were pupils from a nearby monastery school. They had a recess at eleven o’clock and employed the time playing a very special kind of ball game on the broad terrace at the top of the stairs. It was apparently a kind of football but they also utilised the wall in the game, as in squash — a curved wall, which they played against with great virtuousity. When the ball was out, it was most decidedly out, bouncing down all the steps and rolling several hundred feet further on with an eager boy rushing after it, in and out among motor cars and Vespas down near the great obelisk.

I do not claim that these Italian youngsters learned more about architecture than the tourists did. But quite unconsciously they experienced certain basic elements of architecture: the horizontal planes and the vertical walls above the slopes. And they learned to play on these elements. As I sat in the shade watching them, I sensed the whole three-dimensional composition as never before. At a quarter past eleven the boys dashed off, shouting and laughing. The great basilica stood once more in silent grandeur.

Steen Eiler Rasmussen, Experiencing Architecture (1962)

Football at S Maria Maggiore 2
Movement within an apartment
Naples – Piazza Bellini – Via Gramsci – Officina 99
Italy 709
gesture — digestion — indigestion
pre-mediation and re-mediation (abugraib iraqi war prison — not the content but the way they were affectively engaging technologies – they look like family photos)
“the 45deg affective turn” — state change versus ‘turning’ as process, matter of degree
appearance and disappearance — materiality / immateriality
In the first place, singularities-events correspond to heterogeneous series which are organized into a system which is neither stable nor unstable, but rather ‘metastable,’ endowed with a potential energy wherein the differences between series are distributed. (Potential energy is the energy of the pure event, whereas forms of actualization correspond to the realization of the event). In the second place, singularities posses a process of auto-unification, always mobile and displaced to the extent that a paradoxical element traverses the series and makes them resonate, enveloping the corresponding singular points in a single aleatory point and all the emissions, all dice throws, in a single cast. In the third place, singularities or potentials haunt the surface. Everything happens at the surface in a crystal which develops only on the edges. Undoubtedly, an organism is not developed in the same manner. An organism does not cease to contract in an interior space and to expand in an exterior space–to assimilate and to externalize. But membranes are no less important, for they carry potentials and regenerate polarities. They place internal and external spaces into contact without regard to distance. The internal and external, depth and height, have biological value only through this topological surface of contact. Thus, even biologically, it is necessary to understand that ‘the deepest is the skin.’ The skin has as its disposal a vital and properly superficial potential energy. And just as events do not occupy the surface but rather frequent it, superficial energy is not localized at the surface, but is rather bound to its formation. Gilbert Simondon has expressed this very well: the living lives at the limit of itself, on its limit… The characteristic polarity of life is at the level of the membrane; it is here that life exists in an essential manner, as an aspect of a dynamic topology which itself maintains the metastability by which it exists… The entire content of internal space is topologically in contact with the content of external space at the limits of the living; there is, in fact, no distance in topology; the entire mass of living matter contained in the internal space is actively present to the external world at the limit of the living… To belong to interiority does not mean only to ‘be inside,’ but to be on the ‘in-side’ of the limit… At the level of the polarized membrane, internal past and external future face one another.

— [Gilles Deleuze, Logic of Sense. Trans. Mark Lester with Charles Stivale. New York: Columbia, 1990. p. 103-104.]

“Chaos does not exist; it is an abstraction because it is inseparable from a screen that makes something – something rather than nothing – emerge from it.”
“Each new prehension becomes a datum. It becomes public, but for other prehensions that objectify it; the event is inseparably the objectification of one prehension and the subjectification of another; it is at once public and private, potential and real, participating in the becoming of another event and the subject of its own becoming.”

Infrastructures of Creativity – IIT, Chicago (April 2014)


Michael Shrage 

“To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.” — Franklin

“Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule.” — Bacon

“You cannot divorce discussions of self improvement from discussions of improvement — and I say this to anyone who is wearing a pair of glasses, using a computer, etc.”

“ But man has almost constant occasion for the help of his brethren, and it is in vain for him to expect it from their benevolence only. He will be more likely to prevail if he can interest their self-love in his favour, and show them that it is for their own advantage to do for him what he requires of them. Whoever offers to another a bargain of any kind, proposes to do this. Give me that which I want, and you shall have this which you want, is the meaning of every such offer; and it is in this manner that we obtain from one another the far greater part of those good offices which we stand in need of. It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages ” — Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 1776

  • An exchange that mutually improves – Gedankenexperiment: What happens when exchange becomes investment?
  • Ford – River Rouge – Mass production – What about the importance of the “human capital of driving.”
  • Page Rank – Larry Page – Google has figured out a way to monetise your human capital
  • “These technologies — these innovations — have improved you”
  • “Innovations are transformations of individual capabilities — as individual self interest evolves — the opportunities for new forms of innovation explode”
  • This is misunderstood by contemporary economics — but was understood by Smith (Self-improvement)

“The basic resource in any company is the people.”

“The reason why we are on a higher imaginative level is not because we have finer imaginations, but because we have better instruments. In science, the most important thing that has happened over the last forty years is the advance in instrumental design.” — A.N. Whitehead An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Natural Knowledge

Where Are the Customers’ Yachts —> Where are the customer’s resources

Pamela Edwards: Questions about Bacon, Smith and their concept of felicity, introspection, self-regard, love, generosity. Smith mocking master planners, people can develop situations for themselves

  • “If you put a cucumber in brine you don’t purify the water, you get a pickle.”
  • “Innovations is the conversion of novelty into value.”
  • “Methodological Individualism”
  • Collaboration is a negotiation of the self
  • Conflation of self-interest / selfishness has prevented us from redefining
  • “I have stood on the shoulders of giants” was actually a dig at Robert Hooke, Newtons’ rival (who was short)
  • Carrie Fischer – novelist – “Instant gratification isn’t soon enough”

Paul Starr

Innovation and Democracy in Post-industrial America

  • Author of the Creation of the Media
  • National innovation systems — the patent, publishing, printing
  • ‘Penny presses’ and ‘Dime Novel’ — low in taste and low in price
  • Cheap print was ‘public policy’ in America

3rd industrial revolution

  • Not just technology in and of itself
  • Generative technology – user programmable
  • Post-office — Internet
  • It is entirely misleading to oppose innovation and public responsibility towards entrepreneurial
  • Google’s Page Rank was a NSF grant-funded technology
  • Fred Lock —
  • App Economies and Inventive Entrepreneurs
  • Inventor-entrepreneurs — combining tinkering and hacking
  • Bengler — radically distributed non-market mechanisms, cooperative enterprises (online communication reduced transaction costs, it removes the need for consensus decision making at all)
  • Opening up the circle of innovation — peer production, professional amateur  collaboration
  • Things becoming genuinely public instead of being technically public or policy-public

Gary Fine — re-appropriation (Richard Price), the limitations of creativity

  • The Entrepreneurial State – government as a funder of innovation, or government as a purchaser of innovation. The government is more influential where?


Mordechai Feingold

Isaac Newton: A Wellspring of Englightenment Creativity

  • Émilie du Châtelet / Voltaire / Newtown
  • Newtonian’s system as a splendid picture of nature
  • Watt steam engine
  • Pierre Simon de Laplace
  • Universal gravitation was the first and only general law discovered by man
  • Fourier – ‘today I am 21 years old, by this age Newton had already
  • Buffon – french biologist – how he had discovered the binomial theorem without knowing that Newton had done so…
  • The Fourierist – Charles Fourier
  • Francesco Solimena, Giambattista Vico
    • A work in which all that pertains to human understanding is reduced to a common principle
    • Gravitation of bodies — fundamentalism of Newtonianism
  • Adam Smith
    • Newtonian pedigree
    • “This means that between the one and the others there is a reciprocal action”
  • Beccaria
    • Applying the Newtonian principle to criminality and law
  • Kant
    • Universal history as a universalist model for the principles of nature and man
    • “After Newton and Rousseau, God is justified and Pope’s theorem [“whatever is, is right”] is true.”
  • Anti-Newtonian
    • The bounds of natural science may possibly extend beyond how we know Newton…
    • Jean-Paul Marat — resentment of contemporaries not recognising his genius
  • Goethe
    • A martyr of scientific truth
    • Theory colours — “I am the only person who knows the truth in the difficult science of colours — of that, I say, I am not a little proud… “

Alexander Pope – “Newton Nature and Nature’s laws lay hid in night: God said, “Let Newton be!” and all was light.”


Creative Networks (The Armor Conference Room)
Discussant: Kim Erwin, IIT Institute of Design

  • Laura Forlano — Shared Machine Shops
    • Center for Social Innovation (Toronto —
    • Community / family / networks / regular
    • Openness
    • Innovating the institutional form — “the future arrives sooner here”
    • Peer production of organisations
    • Pumping Station 1 — Chicago
    • Critically Generative
    • Defense Distributed — 3D printed as masculine
    • Laser cut fashion — laser cutting as feminine
    • Inclusion / Exclusion…
    • Use of online tools and media — communicating invitations
    • What cities generate these sorts of places?
  • Airi Lampinen — Networked Privacy
    • privacy as an interpersonal boundary process by which people regulate interaction with others
    • social network services
    • sharing — ’emic’ notion… there are many activities where we are consciously deciding at different ‘granularities’ of privacy — fitbits (you don’t make a decision about each footstep), or tracking on Facebook (you don’t get to make a decision if you’re using the system)
    • Interpersonal boundary regulation is a cooperative effort
    • ‘Opt-in’ systems provide a huge workload for people
    • Sharing is not just about online practices — telling someone not to take pictures of you at a party, exchanging
    • Main point: “Privacy is more than just individual”
  • Harmeet Sawhney,
    • Analytics of creativity in the University
    • Paris Salons — hand selected people, selection, social (writers commenting on musicians commenting on architectures), shallow discourse
    • London Coffee Houses — less curated, cross-class interaction
    • Format / Selection
    • Institute of Advanced Study and Thank Tanks
    • In the University — academy — review panels are narrow subject matter experts, the value put on consensus is too high
    • Low threshold for entry is not a bad thing
    • Insistence on detailed proposals makes the work pedantic and potentially less creative (interesting vis a vis
    • Formats — play between the formal and informal
    • Creativity is the sharing of half-baked ideas — why in the bar do most of the good ideas happen?
    • “Conference Chicken” — the role of food
    • Think Tanks / IAS
      • Critiques of the University are only coming from the Think Thanks, not from IAS (who tend to covet the favour of Universities)
      • IAS’s claims to rigour — there should be different
      • IAS as an ‘asylum’
      • Medvetz
    • The difference between speculative research and commercial work — pragmatic planning is required by the market

Fred Block

Doing 21st Innovation with the Paradigm of 18th Century Political Economy 

  • Poor design of powerpoint as deliberate
  • Market versus state binary
    • Market: efficient, innovative, dynamic
    • State: Wasterful, rigid, static
  • The use of the market/state binary has underwritten policy – tax cuts for corporations and the rich


  • Karl Polanyi
    • economies and institutional infrastructure
  • Enlightenment thinkers were about pushing back absolute list control — the binary of state and market was part of their language
  • The Design aware in the R&D magazine traced back to public private
  • Institutional mechanisms
    • Stanford research institute — department of defence contract — Apple SIRI
    • SBIR/STTR — 3 phase program — technological capability / business capability
    • Programs give out 7000 grants a year — firms keep themselves small to remain eligible
    • CRADAs — interdisciplinary groupings
    • When private firms want a serious technological problems solved, they hire government laboratories (the “work for others” agreements in federal laboratories)
  • The Risk-Reward issue
    • The federal R&D spend as a percentage
    • The state market binary means that the benefits of federal efforts are not paid back by the industrial/commercial rates (corporate tax0
    • Consumers pay twice for new drugs, for example, as we pay once as developers (tax money) and then corporate market margins

18th Century political economy does not work in the 21st Century

Gary Fine

  • “It is my chosen role to paint pictures, not to talk about them”
  • The justification of creativity — things placed before us to be assessed
  • “Cold reading” — a reading prior to the artist’s interpretation
  • Artists are already artist — the network, the community, the theoretical infrastructure
    • Reminds of the comment that the job rate for an artist is 100% — when they graduate, they’re artists!
  • “Medium Theory” (pun – about media but also between ‘high and low’)
  • Materiality draws out its evaluation, its justification — participants / critique
  • Failed critiques (?)
    • Making faculty crawl through a wooden tunnel
    • Faith — Christianity
  • MFA critiques — not in the person and not in the object
    • Interesting in terms of digital ‘branding’ — constellation thinking
  • Constituting creativity (requirements)
    • in a material world (the power of what is spoken)
    • into a community (the power of the speaker)
  • Formal systems of judgement for creativity / art
    • market
    • material
    • community…

Stephane Gutzeil

  • Experimental School
  • Studying innovation in a ‘humanistic’ way
  • “First venture capital fund attached to a University in Europe”
  • Bauhaus — informing design practice at Stanford, Black Mountain College,
  • “The men of vision…”
  • Thomas Mann — “conservatism of the future” — conservatism of the future, is serene … it envisions the new placed with
  • Mies Vanderoe
    • “all education must begin with the practical side of life” (fermitas)
    • possible, necessary and desired
  • Gropius versus Corbusier
  • Function is one out of three goals, “in its simplest form, architecture is function”
  • Creating ‘new order’ is the artists task
  • An artist is of continual self sacrifice for the Bauhaus
    • “Art” as imaginative perception
  • Critique of the contemporary avant guard — as the artist is bringing about
  • Critique of Design Thinking — applied, formulaic — Bauhaus did not understand design as potentially a recipe or formula

Harvey Molotch 

  • Cyril Stanley Smith — playfulness — “necessity is not the mother of invention…”
    • Aesthetically motivated investigation (e.g.: Music being the reason we invented math)
    • Love (Steve Jobs, Bruno Latour)
  • Polanyi’s Nice – Eva Zeisel – head of the largest factory in the world in Hungary – arrested for plotting the death of Stalin (Hans Zeisel)
  • To end the dualisms of form and function
  • Transient novelty
  • The Semiotic Handle — “Technology of Enchantment” (Alfred Gell)
  • “A Matter of Taste” – Stanley L. (study of naming)
    • Tastes rise and fall over time…
    • Indigenous and Exogenous forces


  • Happiness (like technology) is not a thing, not a goal, but an effect of other things. The importance of work.
  • That all improvement is self-improvement.  Self-interest. Communalism and ‘the gift.’ Think of the inherent interests of the ‘programmer’ or ‘artists —> the interest in the material, in the obsessive/fetish, etc. How to balance this
  • The difference between innovation, invention — as external or internal to creators / societies / communities
  • Somehow this discussion of Newton and his massive influence — makes it seem that there is a ‘constructed’ world of ideas — everyone reading into and reacting to the system of erudite and enlightened ideas…
  • The invention of privacy
  • How a prototype argues — how a design argues — how an invitation argues
  • Presenting other peoples’ papers — ego removal
  • Inverted Conference — only dinners, then breaks to do work
  • Silicon Valley — collaboration on napkins – the restaurants start giving out bigger napkins
  • The self evidence of what aesthetics can offer??
  • Diffusion of power (in people) by emphasising process
  • The devolution of judgement / critique through online communities

Weather Control – Mark Dorrian (2014)

Weather Control – Dubai’s sunny mountain ski-dome as an allegory of the future

Weather of Utopia

  • Chinese weather control – Olympics – weather army
  • Thomas Moore – Utopia – Geoengineering (the radical reconstruction of nature by culture) – Hithledae, Calvino
  • Utopus articulating an acting of geoengineering – making an island, a project that is designed
  • Technical ideas – stress the degree that atmospheric thinking becomes bound to utopic thinking
  • LeCorbusier – exact air, 64.4 deg F – coast of Chile

  • Charles Fourier – Walter Benajmin – Arcades Project
  • Climatalogical mechanism
  • Fourier sees the aurora borealis – seminal emanation
  • Sea of lemonade
  • Labour disappears we loose the alienated condition we currently have
  • – Astor
  • Terrestrial Axis Straightening Company (TASC)
  • Sans Desous les Desous
  • Fantastic Voyage — meteorological engineering
  • Atmo-terrorism — Terror from the Air by Peter Sloterdijk
  • Laputa — magnetic loadstone — magnetic levitation (live through tributes from the people who live below — with threat of weather control)

Owning the Weather

  • Weaponising the weather
  • 1971 – weather control rocketed into popular consciousness
  • NMOD
  • Examine the concepts — dominant air and space force in the future
  • “The world or parts of it are able to shape local weather communities…”
  • If we don’t do it — someone will have to do it for us…

Owning the Weather

  • Rem Koolhaas Delirious New York — culture of congestion
  • Dubai — emergence of similar dreamscape
  • Sprial Jetty — Nakheel Masterplanners of the Universe (branding at a global scale – through the medium of the satellite image)
  • SkyDome — experience dubiland…
  • Buckminster Fuller — domes floating from their own heatscape — Cloud 9
  • Weather is alienation — we need to make nice with the weather before we are able to get everything right
  • Climaticological erotics
  • Environment Bubble
  • The poignancy of air’s subjugation to technology comes from what it stood for before — freedom, openness, etc.
  • Irruguray’s “Forgetting of Air” – Heidegger’s idea of making an opening – air is always there
  • “The Uses and Abuses of Air”

Consuming Climate

  • Interiorisation of the nature — the anthropocene
  • Technological remediation
  • Arctic experiences — not ski slope experiences — why? Purity and external nature (the arctic)
  • Destruction as the pleasure principle

Questions — “The Grass is Always Cleaner” / The Seller of Air

a list of people who call themselves theorists (idea aestheticians)

a list of people who call themselves artists (systems aestheticians)

figgis – 2010 aug 22


  • lieca was inveted to test movie stock
  • walkman – story about a technician in the cassette factory
  • 35 mm is the way we see the world
  • negative
  • film example

    • platoon
    • pd100 – wouldn’t work – depth of field is too great
    • greg tollen – citizen cane
    • ASA ISO – 400, 800, 5000… the film’s sensitivity tran


  • restrictions on legal – have to specify a DOP – have to have a story credit
  • timing timing timing…


critchley – 2010 aug 21 (evening)

Macianism – the evil god that created the world

The order of redemption and life

Succession – tiqqun – agamben law from life

Killing a man in defense of an idea is not the defense of an idea – it is killing a man.

Invisible committee

Actions at the new school – war criminal Kerry – marcusian

Different resistance strategies… Resonance – a resonating body influencing another body

John Gray carl Schmidt barrack Obama – the way things are – utopian impulse – the break of the event

The political miraculous – sovereignty bataille


Acts of violence – a history of violence – a double act between human subjects in a repotition effect. A loop – eg.: colonlialism – franz fanah the wretched of the earth

Violenece is the absolute praxis

Killing a European is killing two birds with one stone

Sartre… Hannah Arendt – the faculty of action in the modern world –

Nonviolence is an attempt to solve around the table

Sartre – passiveness puts u on the side of the oppressed

Non violent warfare – graver

Benjamin the critique of violence – though shalt not kill – guideline of non violence – a plum line for action…

Levinas – violence as necessary but never forgiven

Jacob blumenfeld –

Sds TI the weather underground

Infinitely demanding – infinite in the sense of finding something in the situation which exceeds it’s limits. The politics of accommodation – transactional

Resurfacing of r d Lang – anti psychiatric us – millennialism – Judith butlers reading of Benjamin – anarchism – non violent violence

Reenactment – the Renaissance was a reenactment – the history if politics is a

Norman Cohen – John Gray – the pursuit of the millennium – forms of erotic radicalism – the heresy of the free spirit

Marx critique by bacunian – zizek is in love with the state

Zitgeist – designer city

Post human politics – beckett asked about happiness ” sounds nice but not for us”

Gins and harakawa – denial of death

“Revolution is a tigers leap into the past”

figgis – 2010 aug 21

figgis on philosophy

  • the idea of aesthetics as a deeply profound – translating a “universal truth”
  • time to learn – properly – philosophy
  • visual imagery – sound imagery
  • relationships with others – relationships with yourself
  • is it the role of the filmmaker to bring philosophy to the masses?

    • arrogance?
    • “perhaps its ok to be arrogant?”
    • “the great unwashed” – overheard in LA
    • contradictions…?
  • lowbrow / highbrow
  • ensemble production – e.g.: film – as a ‘total form’ – deleuze
  • LA life – air-conditioned car to air-conditioned studio – heist of cars at studio lot

three act structure

  • business models
    • marx brothers meets king lear, etc.
    • richard gear – claims to have fucked his wife – andy garcia – panties – would be like taking out the hankerchief from Othello
  • au revoir les enphants
  • peter green – fleetwood mac

    • questions – first guitar – “its really a question of when you listen to something do you listen to the words or the music first”
  • figgis’ favorites
    • godard
    • dylan
    • jazz – history of jazz is the history of percussion
    • indian music – raga based on different seasons
    • troufau – the woman next door
  • Komar and MelamidDenis Dutton
  • “art is art. everything else is everything else.”
  • english / european / assumptions of art / culture
    • developing a sense of ‘the responsibility of art’
    • without appealing to a concept of the ‘the great unwashed’
    • the english as good storytellers
  • django rheinhardt
  • playing slowly as a billie holiday

  • david lynch interview
    • i think every body can do it – some people just take a long time
    • marilyn munroe would exaust her felow actors
  • michale bey – fires one person a day
  • culture of ‘no’ in hollywood – paranoia – hollywood is syncing
    • studios as old churches


  • using techniques of mainstream cinema to inform arthouse techniques
  • burt reynolds!

a showing of Timecode 11

badiou – 2010 aug 20

Alain Badiou

  • Wagner
  • Everything that exists obeys the immediate paradigm of existence
  • The real of suffering
  • Musical predetermination – suffering is a result / suffering is not true but useful
  • Nagative dialectics – the only kind of artistic form capable of surviving – will be the form that organizes its own dissentegration
  • The totalitarian fantasy of ‘high art’ –
  • Wagner can be credited with creating a “as such”
  • Tanhauser

figgis – 2010 aug 20

mike figgis’ history

  • music training – free jazz group + performance art troupe
  • the london arts lab
  • conflict between the improv music and the performance art troupe (they couldn’t be heard)
  • polish avante guarde art
  • The People Show (current)

    • Mexican performance artist – mexican visual tradition – day of the dead – licking sugar
    • Mark Long – son of hardcore east german communists
    • Laura

  • slickness – stopping when it was done – “the painting is finished”
  • “structured tape” – process, tactile contact with the material
  • ghent
  • learning the discipline

    • lighting sound, music/text balance,
    • as difference to the british theatre tradition
  • film school interview story:
    • the relationship between performance art and film – drama
    • Lord David Putnam – if you don’t get into
    • Sir Oswald Morris –
    • made a film because he was “pissed off”
  • next phase of performance work – film integrated into performance work – Mike on stage and Mike on the screen
  • the live and the dead
    • fascination with people who actually are dead – relationship between the animation of the film perspective
  • first work:
    • micry – performance art venue – amsterdam
      • robert wilson
      • wooster group
      • experimental japanese work
  • the unofficial system of LA film world community
    • if you don’t buy a house there – you are treated with suspicion
    • ridley scott – physical visual commitment – the community aspect of
    • i would never join a club that would have me as a member
    • bergman visiting los angeles – barbarah streisand threw him a party that he didn’t show up – went back to sweden
  • leaving las vegas

    • novel that given to mike by a gallerist (nice guy)
  • miss julie

    • based on the play by
    • takes place in a kitchen – soft light
    • shot on two cameras – one by mike and one by DP
    • started to synchronized
  • timecode
    • digital video allowed the filming of an entire feature film
    • john caley – knew charlie parker
    • transmitting the thought of the piece – folding A4 to get the quadrants
    • like a string quartet – absolute parallel syncronicity
      • expanded metaphor here – moving from one camera to the other like a theme in music
    • physical weight of cameras – large digital cameras
    • godard quote of griffiths – “all you need is a girl and a gun”
  • new wave drifting off jean paul delmondo
  • the fourth way – G.I. Gurdjieff  
    • in each language words come into play which enrich the emotional language (inuit words for snow)
    • the disappearance of words means the possibility of the disappearance of certain kinds of emotions
    • Miss Julie & August Strindberg (no real interest in dramatic tension – just interested in words)
    • Meetings with Remarkable Men
    • catherine mansfield
  • stevie wonder
    • to relax he went to the movies – the sensuality of the movies
  • cartier bresson

    • physicality of the camera – the lack of boom mics in Timecode – pistol mics –
    • getting close to the person in order to hear the person
    • robert maplethorpe’s photos are of people reacting to robert maplethorpe
    • use of the Leica in bresson… zoom requires getting closer to the person
  • 3D – panasonic 3d camera
    • paintings’ reaction to photography was to break out of representation (20th century painting –
    • theater is about death –
  • don mccullin – dark photographic was imagery – if they weren’t so dark you wouldn’t know
  • stephen fry – having critics fess up to the music and films that they actually liked


  • Discussions of timing
  • Acting to music / music to acting
  • Film started gently – i.e.: as in music – there is a first theme established of the
  • Specific deconstruction of the first verion of Timecode
  • The potentiality of synchronicities and serendipities of the different cameras
  • “The most important tool for a composer is the eraser” – Schoenberg