“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Thursday, October 28, 2010

JR's Eyes

Adrian Ivakhiv has a very helpful post on JR, who won the TED prize this year. The most interesting JR image, for me (he's a French street artist) is the one Adrian chooses for the frontispiece on his post. It's an image of a train with eyes. Deleuze and Guattari's “Faciality” chapter springs to mind (how little do you need to convey a sense of face? Just ask a car designer). It's interesting for me now precisely because it departs from the admonitory images of human faces to suggest, momentarily, that the train itself is looking, like in Merleau-Ponty.

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