Charles “Chuck” Swedlund
City with independent satellites (Unwin 1910), and a kitty nursing four of its young from Morphologie/City Metaphors by O.M. Ungers
A book of dense theory on image and perception, symbols and analogies, Morphologie/City Metaphors displays 50-odd image pairs, showing the mimicry between urban layouts and natural forms. [ftp]
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I am caught in this contradiction: on the one hand, I believe I know the other better than anyone and triumphantly assert my knowledge to the other (“I know you - I’m the only one who really knows you!”); and on the other hand, I am often struck by the obvious fact that the other is impenetrable, intractable, not to be found; I cannot open up the other, trace back the other’s origins, solve the riddle. Where does the other come from? Who is the other? I wear myself out, I shall never know.
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Zebra nude by Ernst Koehli, 1947
Source for this 1948 collage by Karel Teige?
Operation des Schielens (Surgery for Squint) by Herbert List, 1944-1946
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Still from The Deadman by Peggy Ahwesh, 1989 (Based on Le Mort by Georges Bataille, the story of Marie and her last night of extremes)
Nude by Violeta Bubelytė, 1983
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"And didn’t the doll, which lived solely through the thoughts projected into it, and which despite its unlimited pliancy could be maddeningly stand-offish, didn’t the very creation of its dollishness contain the desire and intensity sought in it by the imagination? Didn’t it amount to the final triumph over those young girls – with their wide eyes and averted looks – when a conscious gaze plundered its charms, when aggressive fingers searching for something malleable allowed the distillates of mind and senses slowly to take form, limb by limb?
Fit one joint to the other, swivel the ball-joints full circle and test them for childlike poses, gently trace the hollows, savour the pleasures of the curves, stray into the opening of an ear, do pretty things while simultaneously scattering the salt of deformation with a hint of vengeance.
Isn’t that the solution?”
— Hans Bellmer, The Doll
You seem to detect a contradiction between the terms ‘memory’ and ‘imagination.’ I don’t see a contradiction here.
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