Saw myself in film. Odd, seeing one’s self as a puppet. Heightening of mirror effect. Narcissus stirs, walks, sees himself from the back, as he cannot see and could not imagine himself. Becomes aware of a whole area indissociable from him, a host of hidden bonds, a whole Other sustaining the Same. Receives the invisible self. One is cast out of one’s self, change into another. One passes judgement upon one’s self – If it could see or perceive, through this artifice, the mind thus externalized, and from forbidden angles – what awareness would one have? What effect on one’s sense of self? To see one’s self thinking, responding, sleeping. – Paul Valéry, Ego, 1973 from On the Eve of the Future, Selected Writings on Film, Annette Michelson

Once published, a Script, as a social form, is resolved only by reacting toward reactions toward it. It is an algorithmic social construction that seek to shift or create Objects, Object-relations, and social-relations within the material world in a manner that necessitates the unexpected. To embrace the unexpected is: a) to desire to see, despite knowing that there is a brutality to see (realism), b) to desire to keep moving, despite knowing that pain is certain (optimism), and c) to desire a future, despite knowing it will get worse (hope). Scripts are blueprints for unknowableness: hopeful gestures of realist optimism or optimistic realism. A Spectator engaged in Script-forming and/or Script-enacting engages with the present in order to suspend the future by imagining its alternatives. The Future is also not an Object. – The Function of a Script (in relation to a Spectactor), In Relation to a Spectator: Studio for Propositional Cinema, October 2017

Art Without Rules, Texte Zur Kunst, No.109, March 2018

Agnes Martin, Writings / Schriften (English and German Edition), Kunstmuseum Winterthur and Edition Cantz, 1991

Seth Price. Wrong Seeing, Odd Thinking, Strange Action

wfw weekend #400

one pic tuesday. Peter Fraser

wfw weekend #381

Luis Ortega Govela, Olivia Erlanger. Hate Suburbia

Ian Wilson. The Discussions

Martha Rosler

wfw weekend #331

Maria Eichhorn

one pic monday. Rob Pruitt

wfw weekend #311