Distribution Automatique

Thursday, August 14


Hegel- aesthetics-p.13
Art as idea*(concept)
(also Duchamp)

in the context of the "tyranny" of
the triumph of
narrative is the triumph of empirical
data- the Journal- journalism
the *account*- Derrida speaks
of the account also

leaving narrative- to the poem-
off the page!-
paradoxical return to the narrative
to the *oral* (psychoanalytic
dialogue as "narrative"


In the same way as art- psychoanalysis
is reducing itself to a narrative makes
itself secondary to science


identity (narrative)

narrative as a persuasive tactic

on 5/8 I wrote= "There are many
indications that our time-boundedness
is partly brought about by our dependence
on narrative detail to substantiate
our shared perceptions"

But today I am thinking again about
collaboration. It is the true anti-dote
to competition, debate and warfare:
[account by Shrodinger-describing

In writing- direct collaboration-
where two or more authors write the

Science itself is the most exciting
and substantive intellectual collaboration
in contemporary life. But science
nullifies itself insofar as it is
also competitive and ultimately bound
by the power relations of the society
in which it exists. Collaborations
between artists of various media
and instrumentality have produced
artistic situations during certain
[turn of the century]

End piece-perhaps the turn of this


Narration and the Problem of Reality

[what is unreal defining what is real and therefore
the responsibility for the unreal] has now
been almost completely transferred to
science.The contemporary artist bears
some of the legacy of the priest and shaman,
but our deepest hopes and expectations point to an apotheosis now in
the direction of science. This
confusion, this universal transference
(in both senses, that of child to parent, and
a movement of emphasis from system
building to the model of
experimentalism) has left us reeling
and all the more wary of any complacency.
Under great
pressure in this age, more than any other,
the artist stands to science as his or her
ancestors stood to philosophy. The problem
is where is the philosophy of life? Where
does this philosophizing take place?


"Towards and Experiential Syntax" (8/24/84)

As I write, I hear more harmonies than
I can usually remember or keep track

Use the music of Bach as an example
of the experience of thought's ability to
couinter-balance and interrelate modalities.


Time is the space between experiences.
In dreams time is represented by space,
relationships between distances
come to be the equivalent in daytime
experience of a much
broader range of relationships. This is
the reason that dreams appear tohave
such a naturally laconic quality.
Dreams measure by means of an internal
scale of comparative values.

Dreams ennable the dreamer to sort out
comparative realms of experience by utilizing
an inner scale of values superimposed
on a symbolic representation of experience.


Duration of the analysis

see note in procrastination notebook
5/8/84-for good lead in from
sentence regarding modes of experience in
relation to symbolic construction to issue
of free association [and the enlarged perspective idea/}

The notion of substantiating reality by
means of empirical verification

Somehow this connects- intuitively with
the Atomic bomb (destroy-destroy)

Splitting moment from moment also
causes a chain reaction of energy

We do live inside a prison-house of


Now it is several times I've thoughtof
using the Einstein-Bohr debates as a
model for underlying metaphysical
problems in the area of theory. This
impasse resolved via Heisenberg's
Indeterminacy principle. By keeping
the traditional Deistic metaphysics Einstein
claimed that concepts were "free creations
of the mind" and physical phenomena,
ultimately under the guidance of
the Higher Powers or Fate itself,
could yet reveal subtle, yet eternal
laws. Counter to this, Heisenberg
proposed a visionof the physical
lineage shaped by the human perceptual

8/4 N Truro

[Thought: The narrative is only the beginning of the story]

Afterthoughts: Stories abound everywhere, moment to moment.

Narratives weave them together into a questionable
cloth (textile: texture; text). The narrative is
a melody, the story, a tonality.