Tuesday, 30 July 2013

echoes: poe's geometry - otherworldly curves and rectangular obscenities

#190 Vinyl via Geometry Daily
"… the first thing to notice about Poe's dream rooms is their shape. It has already been said that the enclosures of Poe's tales incline to a curving or circular form. And Poe himself, in certain of his essays and dialogues, explains this inclination by denouncing what he calls the harsh mathematical reason of the schools and complaining that practical science has covered the face of the earth with rectangular obscenities. Poe quite explicitly identifies regular angular forms with everyday reason, and the circle, oval or fluid arabesque with the otherworldly imagination. Therefore, if we discover that the dream chambers of Poe's fiction are free of angular regularity, we may be sure that we are noticing a pointed and purposeful consistency in his architecture and decor." 
Richard Wilbur in The Recognition Of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Eric W Carlson (Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1966)

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

through the looking glass, 1968

Clone utopia – it all adds up.

the wiccan circle: concretism

Another dose of 1970s electronic, folkie and cut up pagan documentary sounds – The Wiccan Circle, by a band called Concretism, and with a Ghostbox homage video to match. They must have seen us coming.

stranger in a strange land: carl spitzweg

Der Rabe (The Raven), circa 1845
Gnome Watching The Rail Transport, 1848
The Sorcerer, 1875
Carl Spitzweg was a Munich-based painter whose works included traditional Romantic landscapes filled with paths of yearning into the mountainous unknown. However, he also had a wanderlust that drew him to unusual characters (hermits and eccentrics), satire of the military and the fantastical world of imaginary beings. His sorcerer and dragon (pictured, bottom) are fairly typical fairytale figures, but it's his wistful gnome seeing the force of progress (centre) and particularly his anthropomorphic raven (top) that stand out, far stranger for swerving the usual fantasy pigeonholes.