Sunday, July 02, 2006

On the essence of things

For Aristotle, there is only one world, the world of the particular things we experience. There is no separate world of perfect (ideal) forms. There is no ultimate heavenly blueprint of the perfect maple tree, which all imperfect maple trees imitate; nor is there an otherworldly blueprint of the perfect city or the perfect human life. We must learn how to live in private or public, not by reflecting upon a pure idea, but by observing and understanding real people and cities. The real things that surround us -- those are what we see and attempt to understand.

To know what a maple tree is in general is to look at a number of maple trees and discover what they have in common. San Renseiw observed a artificial setting as a sort of responce to a comment by halex. View it by clicking here or enter the space above (patafilm # 210, 01'08'', 5 MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version here)


Blogger Hekla said...

Due to the WOMBAT at ALL IS ONE

What the mapletrees have in common is that they ARE...present

Sunday, July 02, 2006 2:36:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

훔쳐보는 취미

Sunday, July 02, 2006 4:38:00 pm  
Anonymous sam said...

hmm... googling the anonymous comment, the following can be stated:
the comment is in korean. the korean sentence's English translation is: "the hobby which tries to steal", meaning "voyeurism".

one further click away, Websters online dictionary dispenses some amazing translations of the term in both braille, semaphore and British sign language...
view the following link to gain further insight on the topic:

regarding the anonymous comment:
yes, all serious seeing can be considered voyeuristic... with the exception that the haptic pleasures do not necessarily have to be of sexual nature... Man Ray was a great voyeur, so was Agnes Varda, Chris Marker, and, of course Jean-Luc Godard...J-H Latrigue was an amazing voyeur... one of my favorite voyeurs is probably Eric Rohmer...

Sunday, July 02, 2006 5:23:00 pm  
Anonymous sam said...

nice link to the small wombat/all is one video.... cute.
...and tought provoking

Sunday, July 02, 2006 5:29:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

oooh but Rohmer is a voyeur to the point of lecherousness!

Yes haptic is much more that just erotics, at its basis is the idea of physical tactility, in film an embodied vision in a move away from linguistic signification, we could call it 'direct language' :)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 12:48:00 am  

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