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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Visit London to view Vija Celmins, Galaxy and Ocean at Tate Stores. Two equal sized prints, both the size I’d imagined. Very intensely & delicately worked, all over but not to the edge. Slight perspective in Ocean but both have a universal all-overness.

Revisit Chris Olifili – Women No Cry = favourite, emotional.
Henry Moore – The shelter drawings – I’ve known these drawings for almost 50 years – they’re so familiar – like old friends.

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When scientists loose their humanity – ofter in the name of the state.

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Eyjafjallajökull

According to philosopher, Quentin Meilliassoux: “what is mathematically conceivable is absolutely possible” What might this statement imply for contemporary culture? Is this a good essay title? Maybe its too general?

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raw graphite

Trying out raw graphite, seems to give a softer more ‘metallic’ finish to ground. Impress (to make an impression or depression) as opposed to raising (embossing). Piercing – to make a hole or opening in/to penetrate with the eye or mind; see into or through.

The face of a monster?

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This impressive picture was taken with a special camera on board the Icelandic coastguard’s TF-SIF research plane. The picture shows three craters in the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The craters are each 200 to 300 metres wide. (courtesy, Icenews)

Visit Camden Arts Centre, Peter’s new studio and Flat Time House, Peckham (John Latham)
Bought a lump of raw graphite.

Much speculative realist discussion seems to occur on the internet via endless blogs and discussion boards. Via the internet we are intellectually connected but physically disconnected and emotionally where? Where have our emotions gone to in this space/place?

Refine essay question: According to philosopher, Quentin Meilliassoux: “what is mathematically conceivable is absolutely possible” What might this statement imply for contemporary culture?

Thinking about Stelarc.

April 2010

South Bank Show author Ian McEwan discusses his books especially Solaris. His works are fiction but his Scientists are very human.

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Seven Sisters Sussex

Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information by Vlatko Vedral, proposes that reality is encoded in information. Vedral defines information as “the logarithm of the inverse of the probability of an event. Or, more simply, the more unexpected an event, the more information it contains.” From FT review 10/4/10, by Alan Cane. Eg of an event, genetic modification, share price collapse.

Laruelle provides the key to understanding the diachrony inherent in what Meillasoux calls ‘absolute time’ and allows us to appreciate that ‘it is no longer thought that determines the object, whether through representation or intuition, but rather the object that seizes thought, and forces it to think it … according to it.” Daniel Miller writing about Nihil Unbound

Like Badiou and Meilliassoux, Vedral privaleges a form of mathematics as being our access to reality.