i find the idea that things can make sense by not making sense quite annoying. annoying both because it’s true and because it makes it harder to make things that don’t make sense.
“The concept of ‘affect’ in contrast, works from a different foundation, where the alterity of the non-human (including film), is irreducible to human experience. Therefore the mode of enquiry into the affectual relation between human and non-human is charactertised by a search for connection, points of fleeting attachment that allow an imprint of a different order. Affect describes a very different marking to effect, in that it defies the distinction between bodily emotional response and rational comprehension, or in the demarcation of conscious and unconscious processes. The affectual as a sensory apprehension, however is not only a feature belonging to the arts, but can also be located in the illogical operations of a rampant image-based multinational capitalism…” (Harbord, The Evolution of Film 2007: 120-121). link.
william gibson on the appeal of transcendence, america and obama:
“Transcendence is part of the American cultural experience and I wouldn’t expect it to go away. It hasn’t been popular for a long time. It takes a particular kind of darkness to bring it out. It tends to emerge in times of major generational shift.” from.
here’s some american music. affectual abstraction as accumulated humming.
“…For affect is at once an in intensely experienced state, and a fleeting trance. Thus it both pulls us into a deeply felt resonant state, but fails to provide that as an enduring potential. The affectual phrased in this way, operates by capitalism’s rule, as a desirable state that is in need of constant renewal.” (ibid: 122)
field recordings from the sea around seattle blended with drones. field recordings are often an end in themselves – THIS is how i present that to be – and arguably looking for indexical representations (where this IS that) is just another mode of presentation or impression of reality. anyway – i could just be making excuses because drones are nice.
“Bird song is not as it seems to man as he hears it under normal conditions in nature, nor do the birds themselves perceive it in that seemingly natural form. It is possible to slow down (stretch) bird song (the tape recording) to 2, 4, 8, 6 and 32 times its natural duration…Once they are slowed down in an appropriate form, then our ears can recognize the true melodic structure of the bird songs, whether musical or non-musical, which was hidden behind their original microscopic form” – from the liner notes
Boris screech like a sparrow caught in winter light dive-bombing a deserted bank. union jack burning in the sunset.