Sunday, December 14, 2008

Solvitur Ambulando


Angelica, traced in the snow by the footsteps of the smitten Persse, in David Lodge's Small World.
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Walking the Nazca Lines.

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For no particular reason that he was aware of, Quinn turned to a clean page of the red notebook and sketched a little map of the area Stillman had wandered in.
Then, looking carefully through his notes, he began to trace with his pen the movements Stillman had made on a single day – the first day he had kept a full record of the old man’s wanderings. The result was as follows:

It was like drawing a picture in the air with your finger. There is no result, no trace to mark what you have done.

From Paul Auster's City of Glass.
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Jeremy Wood writes the word ‘water’ on the water through guiding his GPS with a small dinghy.
"In essence GPS Drawing is about recording lines using one's journey as a mark making medium. The GPS receiver automatically records your journey like a geodesic pencil. Most GPS receivers record your whereabouts as a track, like a dot-to-dot or a digital 'breadcrumb trail'. This is often displayed on liquid crystal display on the device and the track is updated as you move about. When the line is viewed on it's own you have a GPS drawing."
Jeremy Wood and Hugh Pryor
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"Drawing is taking a line for a walk." Paul Klee

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2 comments:

ffflaneur said...

"he wondered what words would form by all the steps he had taken in his life" - also from City of Glass

(quoting by heart, didn't check back in the book - which is dangerous of course, memory can do strange things with an alleged quote)

jacky bowring said...

... which reminds me, a garden I designed based on all of this, some 15 years ago ... will post it...