“One of our favorite scenes is the ‘cure by music,’ in which the sick man (a melancholic) receives sweet melodies through one ear as if the better to appease or chase away the ringing he seems to be suffering from in the other, which he supports with his open palm.”
Listen: A History of Our Ears, Peter Szendy.
“As for the Pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs. … it is much the same all the world over, wheter the building be an Egyptian temple or the United States Bank.”
Walden, Henry David Thoreau.
“For Adorno (and up to a certain point, also for Karavan), art is neither a reflection of reality nor an aspect of ideology, as various dogmatists would have it. It is a witness to history −that is, accumulated experiences and suffering− as well as a place of desire. Aesthetics is therefore the ferment and promise of a free world.”
From Technological to Virtual Art, Frank Popper.
• Technology and the novel, from Blake to Ballard [read]
Tom McCarthy, The Guardian, Saturday 24 July 2010
• El elogio de la sombra [leer]
• Lenore #1-13
• Psychogeography [read]
• Words Made Flesh. Code, Culture, Imagination [read]
• Jacques Attali, author of Noise (1977). Speaking at the ICA, London, May 2001 [read]