Posted by: glue | July 5, 2008

Learning Screen (the Box Relay)

A learning screen replaces the research paper in online education. Each reflects its own apparatus (electrate vs literate), meaning that each works with a different metaphysics (category system). Aristotle borrowed the term Kategory from the law courts (where it meant “indictment”). The source for an image “category” is not the courts but art. Joseph Cornell and his box assemblages provide a relay for understanding how art gathers materials into meaning. The experience of creating a literate object is that of proving an accusation, to pin a “thing” down. The experience of an electrate object, rather, is that of receiving an epiphany, such as the one that motivated Cornell to construct his most extensive dossier, called “Garden Center 44.” At the heart of this inquiry extending over several years was the epiphany Cornell experienced when, on a bicycle ride, he glimpsed the logo on the side of a delivery truck, as noted in the entry in his journal, summer 1944.

Hotel Eden

Hotel Eden

“Original inspiration — the passing of the delivery truck (small auto type) with its enseigne of the fish and smoked fish meats — in motion riding toward the Malba house –bicycle movement — metamorphoses of the sign into the more poetical in accordance with the Maeterlinch ‘Old Fashioned Flowers’

individual flowers seen like a lone morning glory on rides — extension of inspiration Church July 1946

details of flowers in pictures such a LUINI (Hermitage) hands and lflowers.”

“The painted side of a small delivery truck specializing in smoked fish meats –something vivid and rich in the coloring of the silvery greys, reds and browns of the still-life arrangement (and echo of the more effusive renderings of the well known Dutch masters) — this warm sense of imagery glimpsed in motion in the vicinity of the House on the Hill on a late autumnal afternoon produced an extravagant effect — integrated itself into the ‘picture’ and evolved into countless metapmorphoses.”

Joseph Cornell’s Theater of the Mind, Ed. Mary Ann Caws.


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