|Forgiven? Not yet. Soon.|
'... who are you, then?'
'I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.'
Title The Eye -- the logo for this directory. Leo Tolstoy said that our eyes are the "mirror of our souls"... Yes, but what about our voices, or the body language... Well, this is my POMO stand: everything is a message (semiotics), and since everything is recorded nowadays, this is our cry to the universe. Or something like that. Read on!
Theory of Spectatorship aDiary + Film-North Album (new)
I have to comment on my own writing in this chapter, since now I know him personally, but I do not want to rewrite everything (that is what he wants me to do, you know they say -- "The Devil made me do do it"). And I have to tell you that there is nothing evil about him! He has an independent mind, but I think that is a great quality. He questions everything? So do I. He likes women. Me too. To be honest with you, I try to understand why he got such a reputation and I wrote about it a little in Part II. Devil, but whatever was bad about him before the New Age, now is positive. His defiance of God is a requirement for today. His rejection of authorities is very postmodern, if you will. His closeness to us is admirable.
He understood the superiority of flesh over the virtual world and this is what he wants to learn -- the feelings. This is our deal (no, we didn't sign it with my blood, this is fiction, you know): I teach him about body, he teaches me about the spirit.
If you read my previous book SELF, you know that I spent a lot of time with God, with all of them --the Father, the Son and the Ghost. But there are things that God can't experience. God is not a creature. Even Christ is limited in that respect. I am on the another hand is both -- Created and Born. The "born" part is something I have to deal in the next book TECH, but being a creation, this is something I and Lucifer share and can compare the notes, sort of speak.
My experience of being created is way in the past and clattered with much more recent experience of being born. Lucifer on the contrary had only that experience and he said that even remembers it (I do not know if it is possible; like people who claim that they remember their own birth). Nevertheless, this common quality in both of us is essential (what is interesting, he apreciates my creativity, but creative himself -- he explains it by the lack of emotions in him).
Maybe you do not really feel that you are a creature and it could be a problem; you will a difficult time understanding my thought. Maybe it will help you, if you will see it at least in social terms; after all you are a creation of the time (Marx), personal upbringing, parenting, schooling, your own will and mind, and etc. If you can start at least on those grounds, then there is a chance that you can follow the Idea of Resurrection, that is what the Third Age is for.
Without understanding the principles of the Creation, Resurrection is impossible. Here again we have a lot of misunderstanding; Resurrection looks like a miracle only from the outside. From inside it's work. Look, a TV set could be seen as a miracle, if we never saw it before and have no idea how it works. The same with the Resurrection.
Now, Resurrection is OUR business -- mine, yours, all of us -- and we do need to have a plan. "Plan and Discipline" -- Lucifer tells me every time I am about to give up. Step-by-step, little-by-little, think big, start small, and so on.
We have the experience, you all watch movies, all we need to do is to understand what this experience means. Lucifer loves movies and claims that he invented it, at least that it was "his" idea. All right, I will give him that much -- and this why I wrote this chapter in the first place.
SummaryOf course, I know him in the last, third phaze. I only heard about his past: the Prince of Light, The Revolt, The Fall and history of being Evil... I can talk only about I know, Lucifer, I personally know.
QuestionsYes, I do use Lucifer's Notes in my film analysis classes.
NotesMaybe in this chapter I can link the traditional (intellectual) analysis to POMO methods (experience), in Film600.
... Do you understand? [ you have to have a sense of humor, if you are to read POV ]
2003 updates and comments:
If you read my nonfiction, you understand that I am using not only the new of publishing (web), but the new way of writing (pomo) -- and I hope -- the new of thinking (or living). I return to my texts, when I need. Or I write more, or rewrite (more). This is what we do with our life every day...
I come home after my Mon. class (6-9 pm "Film & Movies") and I want to do REAL film analysis methods. So, I write what I can't talk about in this "smart classroom"...
Anatoly [ image ]
I. TO BE SEEN"Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight." (John Berger, Ways of Seeing.)
It's always there, the invisible -- darkness. We need light to realize it... In darkness come the shadows of light. Life arrested and brought back. Oh devil! How could it be! What does it mean? Darkness is needed. If we don't have it, we have to produce it -- the darkness.
The darkness wasn't created. It's always there where is no light. The first hero of light industry had a tragic history. Greeks called him Prometheus, Christian -- Lucifer.
With the birth of light, the darkness was born. This is the first event. The rest is history.
1. LOOK OUTLooking comes before Seeing.
How to connect an illiterate (dark) mind to the world? Let's go to the movies!
New History is driven by the needs of media, needs to watch (to have) history. Postmodern = future as present. Resurrection makes past into a material for a future. We photograph -- present became past without loosing the presentism, because it's possible to see it in the future. Light recording is a (visual) duplication, not just a memory. [Impressionism spreads out at the rise of photography -- painters recording their emotions, impressions of the real.] Previous distance between past, present and future was redefined.
Motion pictures -- wishful thinking, dreaming, our semi-sub-consciousness, stream of collective conscience. Pictures in motion -- playing with visions: entertainment. Changes (events) attract; even flame has this gravity of interest. We "read" motion in still picture; motion picture "reads" itself. Collective?
1.2. SPEED LIMITSecrets of speed: cuts on motion are "invisible". Video doesn't blink? (Replacement).
By "cutting" space we are "speeding" in perception, we jump (not "flying" zoom) not between objects only, but subjects (POVs). We see what we are not suppose to see, what is outside of our natural sight."Anatoly, explain yourself!" I hear his voice.
All right, the cut (or "blink") it's not only a break in seeing, it's a negation of space. You might consider it 'The End of the World" -- and it is, but our mind (memory) restores our confidance in the world's existance (there are many good book already written on the nature of duration, repetition and continuety -- this is philosophy, not my subject). The energy (or drama) of seeing is in those breaks, when deep down we are not sure that the world will be back, when we open our eyes again. This is catastrophic undertone, which the film phenomena is based on.
Now, when we return back from the cut or blink, since the world was gone for a moment, we return not to the same spot fromwhere we left. Although the space was gone, but the time wasn't, we are returning to a new time-spot and it doesn't have to be the place I left -- on the contrary, the angelic travel, according to Lucifer is in this ability to move in time as if it's a space. And this is how they get other identities (the famous business about them "possessing" people). It's all about assuming a different point of view, which is a piece of cake for the spirits, who have no bodies.
Of course, it's not "instant" sort of speak, but with the speed of light, as we know now. And this is what I meant saying that we can see (thanks Lucifer), what we normally can't see. We can see it because of the condensation of human experience (technology); I see it because all the human history is invested into this creation of the apparatus of the new seeing.
1.3. EPISTEMOLOGY OF FILMMovies: "experiencing" as a method of PM non-thinking thinking (F). "Thinking" is uncontrolled in my dreams. Free association laws, day dreaming -- mind works non-stop. We need very little to format this natural tendency. Images of light (reflections) are close to my feelings-thoughts (reflections also). Seeing lives on memories of real experience (emotional recall). Dreams are fast, compressed experiences of experience.
Cinema couldn't be possible without centuries of Christianity. This insistence on other (virtual) world and our need to see it. We made an invisible into a transparent. The inner world of an individual became a focus of public attention. My private feelings became an object of value. "Bad and good" thoughts are possible only within the realm of morality.
Mind control -- we need it. Reality of thought established its presence with a concept of sin. Feelings are actions. My (subjective) feelings became objective! The idea of sin was to move control deeper, into areas out of our control. I was free to control myself, to police my mind and to discipline my soul. I wasn't God's child anymore, I was Christ's brother. Thinking of killing became more important than killing itself; church can forgive a murder but not an unrepentant soul.
STRUCTURING FREE ASSOCIATIONS
"Entertainment as Idealogy" lives on recycling of viewers' emotions, initial feeling (private) are enlarged, processed by media, (re)formulated -- and given back to the original generator as his public (legitimate) emotions (his experience with others). Market can't offer anything which doesn't exist in consumers (as a need; Marx).
The collective conscience works as this mind formulating what he thinks about what he feels. TV is instructional (emotional education) and represents a society which connects mind and soul of so-called individual. Without society being constantly present he wouldn't know how to relate to himself. Before there were moral laws which served this guaranteeing function. Concept of sin was a private sensor; now it is technologically a direct involvement in inner structure of post-humans. It technology is an extension of man, the opposite is also a true. Man is an extension of humankind. Communism is based on this model of total integration of individual, when one has no independent existence from the rest.
COLLECTIVIZATION OF MIND
Photograph, film, television, video, cybernetics -- giving birth to each other, negating the former, getting its own qualities. In one century so many "generations"!
The process works in both directions: connecting the objective and subjective space. The true aim of CNN is a globalization of mind. At the expense of being centered in itself? New (super) mind is supposed to be an extravert.
The colonization of the world by televisual space? Event? War? Why should we call it "communication" v. contact, becoming new One? We change the world by watching it (tv-cam on "smart weapons"). Watching is a control, next -- the disciplined objects. Your independence ends with a video camera being pointed at you. Visual conquest. That's how all conquests begin.
Seeing is a volition, invasion, violation, force (will), aggression..."...televisual space is condensed into a violent event-scene, where TV can finally become what it always aspired to, but heretofore could never attain: a purely metaphysical structure for a virtualized experience where cybernetics is philosophy and vision is (telematically) severed from the bounded space of the eye." (Kroker. RU)
The mind is also this event-based-space. It is a constant change and looking for a life outside. Camera is an extension of an eye, but an eye is an extension of mind. I recognize (identify) the motion because I am the motion."Hold on! Hold on!"
"Jesus! What is now?"
You know he has this unpleasant ability to appear right in your face. You're writing, you forgot about everything....
"I am not Jesus," Lucifer was reading what I just wrote over my shoulder. "This is something you have to explain; that the time is actually is your product, or by-product of existance and the basis for the notion of motion."
"All right, all right! Just don't do again, the jumping, I asked you many times!"
He is correct. The time is not somewhere "outside" me, I am the generator of it."Heidegger as a theorist par excellence of dead power (TV as the "harvesting" of the standing reserve), and the implosion of television into a cybernetic system specializing in the virtualization of human and non-human energies." (K?)
Mixture of two, the third type of energy, kinematic? When the subjective energy became objectivized, did the objective world went through subjectivization?
The virtual will merge theatre and cinema (see Virtual Theatre Files).
Digital -- the end of postmodern? Soon we won't be able to distinguish real and fictional, past and present, here and there.
"TV as metaphysics? Yes, but not as metaphysics of `presence,' but of perpetual absence." (?)
Coverage: closing the real, making its very existence impossible. The Real (in our world) asks for archeology, restoration, reconstruction. Not possible, only an approximation. discovering the real.
How does God feel?
Human feelings are only a part of his sensitivity. Do angels laugh? We thought that devils do -- they are angelic in nature too. What is an emotional chronotope (space-time continuum) of virtuality?
Experiencing images as reality. What is an illusion?
Feelings of images? Angels cry and devils laugh.
II. REAL REALITY[ destructive reading continue ]
1. ANGELIC BEING REGAINED"Camera ready? Roll the camera!"
Simulated Presence was a build-in mechanism in broadcasting... Watching TV is a distribution of power between the viewer and the viewed. (Sender-receiver relationship is in question -- see McLuhan's tetrads. Communication or contact?). We believe that we have the power over the viewed because the rule of the remote control. (In reality, it is the material that is being viewed that exerts its power over the viewer in that it controls what the viewer sees.) It can manipulate what the viewer perceives about its content. This manipulation is based on visual, dramatic, virtual.
The Virtual is all virtues in one; it always visual and dramatic. I am in the center of events (dramatic), and I am everywhere and see everything (spirit).1 Both are illusions of camera work. Because I am not even there, I am on the sofa watching invisible myself in my dream. Where am I?
May be I should ask "who am I?"
The Holy Ghost has two main qualities:
*virtually*2 for all practical purposes, practically, implicitly; see *essentially*
*virtue* [Moral excellence] ideal, ethic, morality, goodness, righteousness, uprightness, ethical conduct, good thing, respectability, rectitude, honor, honesty, candor, merit, fineness, character, excellence, value, chastity, quality, worth, kindness, innocence, generosity, trustworthiness, faithfulness, consideration, faith, hope, charity or love...
Ideal (virtual) reality is pure reality, resurrected, purified, reconstructed, edited, processed. Better reality and best of the real (after or before the real?). Real reality, super and hyper reality, and - pseudo reality.
"Virtual reality is the accident of reality itself." (V C)3
Reality is the catastrophe of the virtual, stopped, slowed down angelic world.
Resurrection is the miracle (catastrophe) of the real.
VIRTUAL REALITY = resurrected reality, ie. formerly dead.4 By the nature of time, it dies all the time (process, negation, changes). In our time, moving with a speed of light, this natural and normal phenomena became the basis of our sensitivity. To prevent time from disappearing we have to record it, we have to kill it in order to save. It's already dead. That's why we can record it.
"Real without being actual, ideal without being abstract." (Deleuze _Bergsonism_ p 96.) Good description of my, resurrected reality. Best definition of film. ...
When "what" do I see? Dreams. Now you know how it fills to dream somebody's dreams.
[ Dreams ]
2. POST-HUMANS: USED USERSProto-humanity -- "Sucker is born every minute." Harvesting humans, expropriation of time (see _Time production_).
TV: Instructions on how we should experience the events.
The screen, the icon -- presence of God -- hello, sucker! Get yourself a bigger screen.
Do I have a choice? Turn it off.
To see or not to see... The more you watch, the less you see.
Not being seen?
Light of speed? Too fast for me, a human... not angel.
I lost before the game began. From my birth I do nothing but fight for freedom. Independence from everything? From life, real? I had no room to go down, only up. But I can give up. Stop -- that's all what they ask.
TV is the first cyber kingdom. It was an electronic projector from the start.
Our pm technology is based on light. All life is based on matter.
Electronics -- life within the speed of light. New virtual theology? The universe is the message and the media, God's propaganda. The resurrection is our answer.7 "The origin of the word propaganda is well known: *propaganda fide*, propagation of faith." (V 13) Theory of Viewpoint: does universe has an agenda? Life/being as a message (and messenger).
To see without being seen... is it possible?
That's why God is invisible power!
Speaking of panopticon?
The world's gaze on me, God's eye! This look is nothing less but the universe itself. Being watched is being loved. Brought into a spot light.
3. IMAGES OF THE SUN'S LIFE
"*The phatic image* -- a targeted image that forces you to look and hold your attention. More importantly it is the result of an ever-brighter illumination, of the intensity of its definition, singling out only specific areas, the context mostly disappearing into a blur." (14) Framing is always present, always selection, "closing our eyes" on everything else. Seeing is a constant decision-making process. Instant judgement -- what to see and not to see. Too fast to think about, you can only react. Oh, Cinema - the angelic language of light. Better, much better than life. It's human, meaningful, addressed to me! Seeing through Christ's eyes.
Light is a quick matter, a matter is a conserved (suppressed, and compressed) light. Physics, the basis for metaphysics. Now the reverse, new science is based on fantasies.
We use laws of nature to exercise our wishes. Technology is the metaphysics.
"*Supernatural action* of light, the critical problem of the *time-freeze* of the photographic exposure lends daylight a temporal measure independent of the meteorological day. It produces a separation of light and time in a way that recalls the Biblical separation, source of all the visible world's virtualities." (V 20)
CLOSED EYES -- OPEN MIND, OPEN EYES -- CLOSED MIND
"We'll dream of being blind." (Virilio)
Too much light causes blindness. Light is the heart of darkness. We need darkness to have light. "Before" light there was no darkness. Black holes are not nothing. The Nothing is gone.
TV: waiting to forget. Day dreaming. Pleasant death. Is that's how the afterlife looks like?
Recording everything is the way not to remember. Hard drives are our memory.
4. OMNIPRESENT = ALL-POWERFUL (All-seeing)
You only see what you look at and you only look at what you want to see... Blind visions; cinema. Hidden world; I don't see, I was shown somebody's version of the world. [Does cinema teach us to see or to be blind?]
The lies of cinema weren't around the clock: give us TV!
Television lied. It promised us "live" picture. Promised to be a media not a message. Messenger without agenda, taxi driver who doesn't talk, think, live. Live pictures without its own life? Don't I know that this child of war intelligence never tells the truth?
Anti-film cinema: "Capture, don't reconstruct." (Stroheim). Documentary -- an attempt to see, craving for the Real. Like light itself, how do catch it? Moving faster than the speed of light. Impossible? Even for a thought. Einstein limited not only the universe, but mind.
TV betrayed its promise? It's not a telescope, microscope, glasses, not an extension of man, but men.
We shouldn't notice the speed, we better be blind -- too fast, too shocking. The New Feelings are of a shocked human, comatozed. Feelings of a dead, who lost mortal sensitivity, only recalls it. (McLuhan)
In Chapter 5 of "Sightless Vision" Virilio talks about "a population of objects all busy staring at you." (V 62) Cash machines and ABC news division. R world is always ready. Electronic sensors in public bathrooms, flash after you leave and turn light off. What a sensitivity, what an attention!
[Control -- ratings.]
Surveillance: industrialization of vision, everything has to be observed, or be ready to be seen. To be see even if I don't watch it. But all is recorded!
SHOTS are based on CUTS (not seeing).
"Any *take* (mental or instrumental) being simultaneously a *time take*, however minute, *exposure time* necessarily involves some degree of memorization (conscious or not) according to the speed of exposure." (61)
Between photo and motion: Slow motion, now: virtual imagery -- seeing what we don't see. Changing the SPEED. Speed is registered only in acceleration -- cuts, montage. After we concur the speed, we can play with it. We lived for so long without noticing the inner life of life -- changes. Photo not only stops the motion but according to E.'s theory makes it happen -- without noticing an event it has no (integrated) life in OUR universe. In the past we only reacted, now we want to act first, to attack the nature, to control. Science is a military intelligence of humankind.
Overexposed? Remember: the exposure time that allows (or edits) seeing.
"So the act of seeing is an act that proceeds action, a kind of pre-action..." (61) intentionality. Pre-contact, before interaction.
Energy of imagination, thought, emotion?
THIRD TYPE OF ENERGY?
1. potential (static) energy (matter)
2. kinetic energy (light)
3. IMAGE ENERGY (`observed energy'?)
Energy of thought: kinematic energy, energy resulting from the effect of movement, and its varying speed, on ocular, optical or optoelectronic perception.
Thought as a physical phenomena, part of the material universe.
Human = the life of time: "the intensive time of human perceptiveness." (Virilio) How to measure this time's intensity? Mass media, massive time. My (potentially public) time.
NET and WEB for Me!
Hey, we're not just dreaming of blindness, we're getting there! We, the masters of light, have to create darkness. How else would we be able to separate the two? The neo-realism of virtuality has to produce the un-real, which is part of a deal.
..."a blurring of perception that affects the real as much as the figurative, as though our society were sinking into the darkness of a voluntary blindness, its will to digital power finally contaminating the horizon of sight as well as knowledge." (V 76)
[Question: known (visible) energy is power, literary. Potential or real? Unknown, not seen yet? What is the non-existing than? Does "it" exist?]
"Go-go" is a motto of light. To stop is to die.
We forced to move all the time: no such thing as `fixed sight.' Even the staring. Changes make world visible.
"As Rudolf Arnhaim understood, sight comes from a long way off. It is a kind of dolly in, a perceptual activity that starts in the past in order to illuminate the present, to *focus on* the object of our immediate perception." (?)
The space of sight is accordingly not Newton's space, absolute space, but Minkovskian event-space, relative space." (V 62) Event-space: changes (including thought or emotion) ask for attention -- vision.
Question # 2: What about non-seen events? Einstein: we can't judge their existence. In paradise China exists only if we all can see it! We would look at China only if something important for us takes place over there. What is could be? A disaster?
This event-organized space means that only eventful space exist (or noticeable). More so, space comes into existence only at the event? China is an idea, a concept, which has to become an image. Image? Now I and China are within the space where our meeting is possible; virtual space has to be produced before any event could take place in it. Philosophy of the accident, when China unexpectedly enters the space of virtuality, is a break of paradise (hell). We remember Chernoble, we knew nothing about the place, not even a name. It wasn't in public domain, wasn't collective property, wasn't watched all the time by Ted Cappol. Don't we all sorry for neglecting the poor guy who missed the moment of the meltdown? The KGB knew that all and every one must be watched, pay attention to love, monitored -- and we didn't believe that it was a ministry of love.
O.J. is not guilty! We didn't see it!
"It is in fact *will*, the will to engage the future, yet again, and not just represent the past." (V 64) Mechanics of resurrection!
[Republican convention in San Diego, August 1996. product. see tv-prod.]
TV: "public image has today replaced public spaces" (V 64) Church, market, square in one. Everything that been seen by media becomes PUBLIC (property) -- and replacing the public. "TV studio," complained TV correspondents. How could the republicans do what they, the media, supposed to do! Infomercial! Next time we would even bother to "cover" such events (Democratic convention in Chicago. They did), because the party did its own coverage. "Television is a media of crisis9, which means that television is a media of accidents." (V C) Fifteen thousand journalists came to see accidents, and weren't ready to simulate accidents. It's okay, next time. That's what their analysis is for.
From campfire to TV set: it took (only) a few millenniums.
"Really, once *public place* yields to *public image*, surveillance and street lighting can be expected to shift too, from the street to the *domestic display terminal*." (V 64)
TV and total spectatorship: you see all you're missing out on, everything you can't have. You never catch up, you always lose."From the town, as theatre of human activity with its church square and market place busting with so many *present* actors and spectators, to CINECITTA and then TELECITTA, busting with *absent* televiewers, it was just a short step through that venerable urban invention, *the shopwindow*.10 This putting behind glass of objects and people, the implementation of a transparency that has intensified over the past few decades, has led, beyond the optics of photography and cinema, to an optoelectronics of the means of television broadcasting. There are now capable of creating not only window-apartments and houses, but window-towns window-nations,11 media megacities that have the paradoxical power of *bringing individuals together long-distance*, around standardized opinions and behavior." (V 65)
"Life" TV? How would I know? It always "live" when I watch it? Two senses instead of three: present-present and past-future.
One time: present (end of time?)
Processed through media life is not just transmitted by also recorded, memorized. Freeze frame (photo effect) is the arrested form of time. Present forever, restorable past, everything could be recalled in form of visual. Hey, this is a result of traveling with the speed of light!
..."all this real-time TV monitoring tirelessly on the lookout for the unexpected, the impromptu, whatever might suddenly crop up, anywhere, any day, at the bank, the supermarket, the sports grounds where the video referee has not long taken over from the referee on the field." (V 65-66)
5. PRESENT ONLY
PRESENT-PAST, PRESENT-FUTURE: resurrection chronotope -- past as future, and present as both."The three tenses of decisive action, past, present and future, have been surreptitiously replaced by two tenses, *real time* and *delayed time*, the future having disappeared meanwhile in computer programming, and on the other hand, in the corruption of this so-called `real' time which simultaneously contains both a bit of the *present* and a bit of the *immediate future*." (V 66)
Delayed Time is a recorded (saved v. killed) time, noticed. "Real" time is the time of recording. How could I know what is "real" -- not in virtuality.
Present-present?"The same goes for `delayed-time' perception, the past of the representation containing a bit of this media present, of this real-time `telepresence', the `live recording preserving, like an echo, the real presence of the event." (V 67)
History without Time: Post-Pomo
Cold War: a transfer of war from the actual to the virtual. The Gulf War -- hot cold war.
6. QUALITY OF TIME
Time of light asks for light's attributes:
1. Direction (past, future or present oriented)
2. Intensity (quality), brightness of time
3. Source (human, animal, plant, etc.)
4. Color (emotional) of time
Power (energy) of time.
Depth of time (space attribute), concentration and conserv