Explorations into the Infraordinary

Heads of State, Hannah Höch, 1918-20

“Portly German politicians in their swimsuits floundering against a backdrop of fine embroidery”

Photomontage was the art of protest, but dada cut-and-paste pioneer Hannah Höch went further and made it a thing of beauty too. A juggling act of bristling vitality, and though it is often praised as a great assault on German politics, the sending up of people and objects – quite literally – is what strikes. Höch’s art is so balletic, her snipped images and dismembered figures dance on the page like leaves in the air. Her work is tough and punchy, yet always delicate.

You see that in her comical juxtaposition of portly German politicians in their swimsuits floundering against a backdrop of fine embroidery that appears to catch them in its net. I would like to use this in my own work in the delicate forming collage – subtley.

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“aggiungo stella a stella”

“ed un aiuto invisibile da una carezza”

che bello, trovare ritrovare qualcuno, la tenerezza.

Ecco, questo artista, cercatore, musico e timido artista.

Ritrovo le canzoni di Battiato, e l’ascolto mi sorprende, con semplicità e circolare riconoscimento, riconoscenza.

L’animale, Vite parallele, Povera patria, Stranizza d’amuri – canzoni bellissime. Davvero

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Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia (1971, 36′) – Hollis Frampton.

via L’immagine passata, la voce presente, la foto futura. — Il tempo impresso

“Percorro un cammino / che conduce vicino. / Mi riporta a me stesso, e / senza parole o emozioni / mi ritrovo finito”.

Robert Walser

Next Time

Next time what I’d do is look at
the earth before saying anything. I’d stop
just before going into a house
and be an emperor for a minute
and listen better to the wind
or to the air being still.

When anyone talked to me, whether
blame or praise or just passing time,
I’d watch the face, how the mouth
has to work, and see any strain, any
sign of what lifted the voice.

And for all, I’d know more — the earth
bracing itself and soaring, the air
finding every leaf and feather over
forest and water, and for every person
the body glowing inside the clothes
like a light.

a Roma, in questi giorni (e da tempo) in questo mondo

via Questo gioco è durato fin troppo

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