Retinal pessimism

“…Retinal pessimism is not simply the failure of the phenomena of perception, the physiology of the retina, or the science of optics. Nor is it the conviction that whatever one is seeing is the worst of all possible things that could be seen. Both are intriguing options. But, retinal pessimism is something else, and it is encapsulated in the strange status of black: at once present and absent, at once a fullness and an emptiness, at once the absorption of all light and the total absence of light. Black is at once the foundation of all colour and, in its absence or emptiness, it is also what undermines the substantiality of all colour. If one is willing to go down this path, a retinal pessimism is not just about the non-colour that is black, but it is about the perception of colour itself. It is, ultimately, the suspicion that all colours are black, that all retinal activity is retinal inactivity. Retinal pessimism: there is nothing to see (and you’re seeing it)…”

“Black on Black”, Eugene Thacker, The Public Domain Review.

The revolution is my boyfriend

—In case you’ve forgotten, I’m your boyfriend.
—Don’t be ridiculous…

Revolution

The Raspberry Reich (2004).

The frequency of opiates is a special oscillation of ultra sound

“Anything that can be done chemically can be done in other ways…what is missed in withdrawal is a certain frequency

[…]

The frequency of opiates turned out to be a special oscillation of ultra sound. The frequency was quite as habit-forming as morphine but could be gradually shut off over a period of several months resulting in a painless cure […] The discovery that the effects of morphine can be produced by a sound frequency led to realization that the effects of any drug can be so produced and frequency therapy came to supplant drug therapy.”

The Job: Interviews with William S. Burroughs, Daniel Odier.

Símbols franquistes a Tortosa i altres desusos

Núvol ha publicat una bonica crònica del Embarrat i també unes paraules boniques sobre la meva acció/vídeo:

«Blanca Rego (Ferrol) va realitzar una de les accions més interessants i directament vinculades a la inutilitat i el desús. La gran màquina I és la realització d’una curosa recerca per Internet de les bases escrites de la primera edició (2014) del festival Embarrat (que no estaven ja penjades al propi web del festival). D’alguna manera, l’autora posava de manifest la obsolescència mateixa de la creació contemporània, les convocatòries, els premis, els festivals o els propis artistes i les seves obres. Un cop trobades les bases en un document PDF, l’autora inicia una cadena de transcodificacions: de PDF converteix el document a audio, el divideix en fragments i el converteix en arxiu de fotogrames, aconseguint un resultat aleatori i imprevisible. El resultat final és un vídeo HD en bucle de menys de 4 minuts esdevingut artefacte inútil, obsolet i inintel·ligible. Una absurditat amb ple sentit interpretatiu».

«Símbols franquistes a Tortosa i altres desusos», Oriol Martí Sambola.

Activating word patterns in the brain by tape-recorder techniques

“Assassins often hear voices telling them to kill. Are these voices necessarily imaginary? Directional mikes can project voices. Top secret research on lasers is concerned with sending thoughts. Experiments in Norway indicate the possibility of activating word patterns in the brain by tape-recorder techniques.”

The Job: Interviews with William S. Burroughs, Daniel Odier.

CRANC #01 [viernes 27 de mayo, Barcelona]

Cranc

Cranc es un nuevo proyecto de proyecciones de cine y video experimental, con debates posteriores, que se organiza una vez al mes en las instalaciones de la imprenta L’Automàtica situada en el barrio de Gracia de Barcelona.

El viernes 27 de mayo se inaugura esta iniciativa con la presentación de la primera edición de la editorial Angular (un libro y un DVD cuya caja se ha producido en la misma imprenta) y una muestra de trabajos de la realizadora Blanca Rego (cuya pieza Engram (optical sound #001) es una de las que forma parte de la compilación de Angular). Esta primera sesión, dividida en dos partes diferenciadas, propone un diálogo estético y semántico entre trabajos que investigan las posibilidades cinemáticas y acústicas tanto de las herramientas fílmicas como de los dispositivos digitales.

Viernes 27 de mayo a las 20h
5€ con consumición
L’Automàtica
C/ de la Legalitat, 18.
M L4 Joanic, L3 Fontana

1º parte:​ Angular

Remote (2011) Jesse McLean​. Video. 11 min
Tokyo-Ebisu (2010) Tomonari Nishikawa. 16 mm/ Video. 5 min
Wingdings Love Letter / Places With Meaning (2012 – 2013) Sc​o​tt Fitzpatrick​. 16 mm/ Video. 5 min.

​2º parte: Blanca Rego

Engram (optical sound #001) (2013) Video. 2 min.
You must be complex to want simplicity (2014) Video. 1 min.
Due to Violent Content, and Flashing Lights with Strobe Effects, Viewer Discretion Advised (2015) Video. 1 min.
Nonobjective Cinema (2015) Video. 2 min.
Computer Music Studies: Untitled (2015) Video. 2 min.
Rainbow Britte (2012) Video. 7 min.​
Time-Space Compression​ (2015) Video. 2 min.​
Psycho 60/98 (2016) Video. 6 min.​​

The female body is a deviation

“Whenever male bodies are represented as monstrous in the horror film they assume characteristics usually associated with the female body: they experience a blood cycle, change shape, bleed, give birth, become pen­etrable, are castrated. Traditionally, the male body has been viewed as norm; the female body a deviation.”

Dark Desires: Male Masochism in the Horror Film, Barbara Creed.

The sexuality of the loud noise

— You made a loud noise.
— You didn’t make umbrage with the loud noise. You made umbrage with the fact that you’ve got a load of gay people in a straight bar. That’s what you’ve got your problem with. Admit it, just admit it.
— No…
— Absolutely admit it.
— The sexuality of the loud noise was not an issue with me, it was the fact that the noise was loud.
— Oh, right, so it’s just merely a matter of decibels.

Weekend (2011).

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