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1 Posted by - November 6, 2014 - Tracks

Keller Easterling, Matrix Space in Fall Semester: Mark Twain, once a steamboat captain on the Mississippi, developed techniques for navigating the river. While the passengers saw “pretty pictures” of landscape scenes, he was extracting information from the changing “face of the water.” A little ripple, eddy or “faint dimple” signaled turbulence or obstacles in a complex and potentially dangerous organization below the surface. These were markers of unfolding potentials or inherent agency in the river—what can only be called its disposition. Disposition is the character or propensity of an organization that results from all its activity. It is the medium, not the message. Its not only the pattern printed on the fabric but the way the fabric floats. It is not the shape of the game piece but the way the game piece plays. It is not the text but the constantly updating software that manages the text. It is not the object form but the active form.


Mississippi River, Harold Fisk, 1944


Lucia Jalon, The throw of the screw: “A white piece of fabric tied to a screw is thrown into the distant underbrush. The key is never to miss the landing spot: that’s the new North. The assemblage formed by the screw, the white fabric, and the landscape becomes the only compass for navigating the Zone in Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker. Like the brick thrown on 12th Street, the screw creates a relative awareness within the traversed field. Like an arrow connecting a body to a distant point, it not only increases the radius of action of that body, or the reach of its own spatiality, but simultaneously threads it with those of other singularities: after each throw, a new common spatiality is produced.”

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