From Errol Morris, a list of 10 things you should know about truth & photography

1. All photographs are posed.

2. The intentions of the photographer are not recorded in a photographic image. (You can imagine what they are, but it’s pure speculation.)

3. Photographs are neither true nor false. (They have no truth-value.)

4. False beliefs adhere to photographs like flies to flypaper.

5. There is a causal connection between a photograph and what it is a photograph of. (Even photoshopped images.)

6. Uncovering the relationship between a photograph and reality is no easy matter.

7. Most people don’t care about this and prefer to speculate about what they believe about a photograph.

8. The more famous a photograph is, the more likely it is that people will claim it has been posed or faked.

9. All photographs are posed but never in the same way.

10. Photographs provide evidence. (The question is of what?)

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Making Infinity Comprehensible – Eco

“The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists, through catalogs, through collections in museums and through encyclopedias and dictionaries. There is an allure to enumerating how many women Don Giovanni slept with: It was 2,063, at least according to Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte. We also have completely practical lists — the shopping list, the will, the menu — that are also cultural achievements in their own right.”

Umberto Eco

other lists:

Project Ethel (27.05.14 – 07.01.16): Pages 1-8

Beginning a large project of uploading old notebook pages. These are not high res scans as that would considerably increase the amount of time needed, so these would have to do for now.

These are all generally going up on Instagram first.

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Opening page of Notebook: Ethel. I’m going to be uploading notebooks in a more systematic fashion (with sensitive info deleted obvs). Notebook Ethel is a few years old. This is before I started using the first page spread as an index for the rest of the book. So the lists here are largely inspirational items and ideas of content capture. There’s not much order and I tend to fill empty spaces with bits of ephemera stuck in and doodles.
Clifton windows, lists and words.
This is a systematic uploading.
Notebook: Ethel Spread 2
First drafts, mug drawing, rough mind map, comics and a quote from Lynda Barry.
It’s along the lines of: “I’ve come to regard comics as something like a song. It can be about anything. We can address all sorts of things in a song, love gone wrong, truck driving, Daddies, smoking, boots, birthdays, cheating, space travel, big butts, revenge, war, a turkey in the straw, regret, genders, hands, purple haze . We can this way we can make comics about anything.” – Although I did write it down in a hurry!
Notebook: Ethel Spread 4.
Daily mini-maps, plans for website, doodles and the like.
Notebook: Ethel Spread 5.
Preliminary notes on Shark Brains, Art Speigelman on Maus: “Reality is too complex for any media” “Ironic Distance” “Fourth Wall” “Blank expressions allow the reader to impose their own” “I draw my comics one to one” “The past and the present intertwining, simultaneously in the same space” …& Ray Bradbury on writing: “Libraries are full of people not books” “Love what you do. Do what you love” “I don’t write the book, my characters write the book, they come to me and they tell me” “Stand on the top of the cliff, jump off, build your wings on the way down.” etc…
Notes for a very short film called “Bevel’s Nub” that appeared in the @strangealtars project a while back.
Marker pen, biro, pencil.
Notebook: Ethel. Spread 7.
Mind Map of the early days with Arnold and Maya before he full recent integration.
Mind Map on understanding Linear Colour Space within Maya and Arnold back when we first started using it.

25 Principles

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There’s a few “Rules of Life” knocking around at the moment. Here’s a few worth writing down:
1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.”

— 25 Principles of Adult Behaviour by John Perry Barlow, 03/10/1947-07/02/2018

10 Rules For Students and Teachers From John Cage

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student — pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher — pull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined — this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE TEN: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” (John Cage)

HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything — it might come in handy later.

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John CageJohn Cage, 10 Rules for Students and Teachers

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for a while.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student: pull everything out of your teacher ; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher: pull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined: this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you want it to lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work.

RULE EIGHT: Do not try to create and analyze at the same…

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2017 Review: Music

Here are some of the highlights of the music I listened to the most in 2017.

There’s a full playlist of the tracks I listen to the most here, and a playlist of all the songs I was recommended/found/started listening to in 2017 here.

As always I keep a rolling playlist of stuff I’m listening to at the moment update nearly daily here.

Deadcrush by Alt-J

Melatonin by A Tribe Called Quest

To Be A Young Man by Nadine Shah

Off You by The Breeders

We Can Talk by The Band

Iron Sky by Paolo Nutini

Girl by The Internet

I Give You Power by Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples

The Heart Part 4 by Kendrick Lamar

Shark Smile by Big Thief

The Wheel by PJ Harvey

Redbone by Childish Gambino

How Long by The Pointer Sisters

Dolphins by Fred Neal

Aggrophobe by PINS, Iggy Pop

Situation by Margaret Glaspy

Rapt by Karen O

All About Me by Syd

Open Eye Signal by Jon Hopkins

See also what I watched and read in 2017.

2017 Review: Books

These are the books I have read in the last 12 months:

Dubliners

author: James Joyce  published: 1914

Always love this. It’s more of a comfort read for me these days.

The Essays of Montaigne, Book 1

author: Michel de Montaigne  published: 1580 rating: 5

Jamilti and Other Stories

author: Rutu Modan  published: 2008 rating: 5

Great mixture of the everyday, the extraordinary and the fantastic. Stories beautifully told.

Billie Holiday

author: Carlos Sampayo  published: 1989 rating: 3

The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck  published: 1939 rating: 5

“I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this.”- John Steinbeck, 1936.  I have always known of this book but never read it or even knew very much about what is was about. I really wasn’t prepared by how relevant it was to so many situations occurring globally at the moment. The mass migration of populations due to climate changes, infrastructure collapse and economics, the refusal of a system to help and indeed the full demonisation of those in transit.The language is beautifully simple and yet says so much about strength, sadness, suffering, perseverance and dignity.

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

author: Hilary Mantel  published: 2014 rating: 5

The Fortune of the Rougons (Les Rougon-Macquart, #1)

author: Émile Zola  published: 1870 rating: 5

Worth having an idea of the background and circumstance of the coup d’etat of the Second French Empire (Wikipedia will do), as knowledge seems to be assumed.

Deadpool & the Mercs For Money, Volume 0: Merc Madness

author: Cullen Bunn  published: 2016 rating: 3

The Collected Stories Volume 4

author: Arthur C. Clarke published: 1956 rating: 4

Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom #1)

author: John Updike published: 1960 rating: 4

A really intense, gruelling book about a pretty loathsome wretch. Horrible thing is there’s a billion Rabbits in the actual world. Ahead of its time in many ways. This is my first Updike. His writing is profound. But yeah. Relentless.

Captain Marvel, Volume 3: Alis Volat Propriis

published: 2015 rating: 5

When the World Screamed (Professor Challenger, #4)

author: Arthur Conan Doyle published: 1928 rating: 4

Captain Marvel, Volume 2: Down

author: Kelly Sue DeConnick  published: 2013 rating: 4

The Iliad

author: Homer published: -750 rating: 5

Captain Marvel, Volume 1: In Pursuit of Flight

author: Kelly Sue DeConnick  published: 2011 rating: 4

The Schoolmaster and Other Stories

author: Anton Chekhov published: 1921 rating: 5

Batman: The Killing Joke

author: Alan Moore & Brian Bolland published: 1988 rating: 4

The Rough Guide to Berlin

author: Christian Williams rating: 4

Akira, Vol. 1

author: Katsuhiro Otomo  published: 1984 rating: 4

A Room with a View

author: E.M. Forster published: 1908 rating: 5

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

author: Anne Brontë published: 1848 rating: 5

Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine?

author: Mark Todd published: 2006 rating: 5

Inherent Vice

author: Thomas Pynchon published: 2009 rating: 5

Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor

author: Lynda Barry published: 2014 rating: 5

Meditations

author: Marcus Aurelius  published: 180 rating: 4

The Shining

author: Stephen King  published: 1977 rating: 5

Better than the film.I do love the film, though.

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

author: Naomi Klein published: 2006 rating: 5

Heavy going and ten years old. But does help you understand this place where we are is a logical step from where we’ve been.

The Descent of Man, and Other Stories

author: Edith Wharton published: 1903 rating: 3

I’m Still on:

SPLIT: True Stories About The End of Marriage and What Happens Next

editor: Katie West published: 2017

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)

author: George R.R. Martin  published: 1998

Becoming a Writer

author: Dorothea Brande  published: 1934

Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels

author/editor: Tom Devlin  published: 2015

See also what I watched and listened to in 2017.

“Style is the difference between a circle and how to draw it”

Opening page of Notebook: Ethel

I’m going to be uploading notebooks in a more systematic fashion (with sensitive info deleted obvs). Notebook Ethel is a few years old.

This is before I started using the first page spread as an index for the rest of the book. So the lists here are largely inspirational items and ideas of content capture. There’s not much order and I tend to fill empty spaces with bits of ephemera stuck in and doodles.

Spring trip to Berlin.

aka: Intermittently Regular #365 Sketch Project Update 172-182

It’s been a while so I am all out of sorts with drawings and order etc.

This is a batch from our Spring trip to Berlin. I have some more of these and I will post them in due course as some of them were scribbled on site and need a little bit of finishing off.

There’s some good advice here on drawing animals by Aaron Blaise, which could be applied to drawing from life of any kind. Mainly:

  • Draw from Life
  • Do your research before you go out.
  • Bring the right supplies and be prepared.
  • Observe first draw later.
  • Keep it loose and make quick observations.
  • Adjust revise your proportions as you go.
  • Take lots of pictures and build your personal reference library.

You should definitely read the whole post here.

Anyways, back to Berlin:

 

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172/365 People from above. Mall of Berlin, near Potsdamer Platz. 5 mins. Notebook: Artemis
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175/365 Page of room details from the apartment we stayed in Berlin. Various times. Wilmersdorf, Berlin. April 2017 Notebook: Ichabod.
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177/365 FluxBau, from across the Spree. Köpenicker Str. Berlin. 13 April 2017

During out stay we were fortunate enough to visit the Rudolf Belling exhibition at the Hamberger Bahnhof museum. I was relatively unfamiliar with his work before this but we all really enjoyes seeing his work.

This from Wikipedia:

At the very beginning of the 20th century Rudolf Belling’s name was something like a battlecry. The composer of the “Dreiklang” (triad) evoked frequent and hefty discussions. He was the first, who took up again thoughts of the famous Italian sculptor Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1570), who, at his time, stated, that a sculpture should show several good views. These were the current assumptions at the turn of the century. However they foreshadow an indication of sculpture being three-dimensional.

Rudolf Belling amplified: a sculpture should show only good views. And so he became an opponent to one of the German head scientists of art in Berlin, Adolf von Hildebrandt, who, in his book, The problem of Form in Sculpture (1903) said: “Sculpture should be comprehensible – and should never force the observer to go round it”. Rudolf Belling disproved the current theories with his works.

His theories of space and form convinced even critics like Carl Einstein and Paul Westheim, and influenced generations of sculptors after him. It is just this point which isn’t evident enough today.

I hope to make a more comprehensive post about his work in the future.

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178/365 Porträt Geheimrat Dr. Kerschensteiner, Bronze 1932 by Rudolf Belling. “Der Münchner Mathematiker und Reformpëdagoge Georg Kerschenstwiner (1854-1932) gilt als Begründer der Arbeitsschull, einer Vorform der heutigen Berufsschule.” 5 mins. V-ball. 14th April 2017 Hamberger Bahnhoff. Notebook: Ichabod
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179/365 Rudolf Belling Schuttblume 1972 Olympiaberg Muenchen. V-ball & Pencil. Hamberger Bahnhoff. 17th April 2017 Notebook: Ichabod
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180/365 Various rushed studies of “Kopf In Messing (Toni Freeden)” by Rudolph Belling as it was in situ at the Hamberger Bahnhoff Gallery in Berlin, with postcard of the artist with the original. 17th April 2017 Notebook: Ichabod.
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182/365 Rendition of Soldier Sculpture by Rudolf Belling. From the “Skulpturen Und Architekturen” exhibition at Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnahof Berlin. Fountain Pen and pencil. 14th April 2017 Notebook: Ichabod.