Archive for January, 2009

Anne Carson — Fragments of Sappho

January 28, 2009

It is partly what is missing in the poems, what we don’t know, to which we bring our own desires and interpretations, that enhances its erotic spell.  

In the fragments of just a single line, the words assume a particular, devastating power. [you burn me]

By bringing her particular kind of austerity to the translation, Ms. Carson has deepened Sappho’s mystery and yet brought us closer to her

Sappho’s poetry is filled with a golden eroticism. It is redolent of Attic sunshine, the sweet smells of the Aegean, Grecian meadows.

It is an eroticism from an ancient time when lines between homosexuality and heterosexuality were blurred, before distinctions were made and fear and prohibitions came into place.

It is said that Sappho died for love of a younger man, Phaon, a ferry boat captain, that she threw herself off a cliff because of him.

But that is probably a lie.


NYC 1.21-1.25 2009

January 23, 2009

Petia’s visualization class

The MET – Rubens, Ruisdal, Turner, 

The Cloisters – cloaks, head dress

John Cage Lecture on Nothing

Content is poetry.  Poetry is a creative act which uses language.  My paintings are a language interpreted through the landscape by looking.(i.)structured in a system of painting (ii) the context (landscape) where the marks are inspired from (pragmatics) and (iii) dependent on their context the content specifity, i.e. its meaning (semantics).Petia’s visualization class


Here we are now at the beginning of the fourth large part of this talk.  More and more I have the feeling that we are getting nowhere.  Slowly, as the talk goes on, we are getting nowhere and that is a pleasure.  It is not irritating to be where one is.  It is only irritating to think one would like to be somewhere else.  Here we are now, a little bit after the beginning of the fourth large part of this talk.  More and more we have the feeling that I am getting nowhere.  Slowly, as the talk goes on, slowly, we have the feeling we are getting nowhere.  That is a pleasure which will continue.  If we are irritated, it is not a pleasure.  Nothing is not a pleasure if one is irritated, but suddenly, it is a pleasure, and then more and more it is not irritating (and then more and more and slowly).  Originally we were nowhere; and now, again, we are having the pleasure of being slowly nowhere.  If anybody is sleepy, let him go to sleep.  John cage  

Reasoning About Control: An Evidential Approach

January 2, 2009

Reasoning About Control: An Evidential Approach Authors: Leonard P. Wesley; John D. Lowrance; Thomas D. Garvey; SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER

Abstract: Expert systems that operate in complex domains are continually confronted with the problem of deciding what to do next. Being able to reach a decision requires, in part, having the capacity to “reason” about a set of alternative actions. It has been argued that expert systems must reason from evidential information — i.e., uncertain, incompletes, and occasionally inaccurate information. As a consequence, a model for reasoning about control must be capable of performing several tasks: to combine the evidential information that is generically distinct and from disparate sources; to overcome minor inaccuracies in the evidential information that is needed to reach a decision; to reason about what additional evidential information is required; to explain the actions taken (based on such information) by the system. These are a few of the formidable control problems that remain largely unsolved. If expert systems are to improve their performance significantly, they must utilize increasingly sophisticated and general models for dealing with the evidential information required for reasoning about their behavior. To this end we present an alternative, evidentially-based approach to reasoning about control that has several advantages over existing techniques. It enables us to reason from limited and imperfect information; to partition bodies of meta- and domain- knowledge into modular components; and to order potential actions flexibly by allowing any number of constraints (i.e., control strategies) to be imposed over a set of alternative actions. Furthermore, because it can be used for reasoning about the expenditure of additional resources to obtain the evidential information needed as a basis for choosing among alternatives, this approach can be employed recursively.

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January 2, 2009

Liberating the Ineffable and Unfathomable

Painting: A Refuge For the Ineffable.

Painting: An essential nutrient to the preservation of a significant ecology cultivating reciprocity and knowledge of a temporally wild and multiplicitous otherness.  

A True Justified Belief in Painting:  

Painting’s Use as Technology: Qualitatively Collecting and Producing Evidential Knowledge of a Landscape.

Integrating Evidential and Non-Evidential Information To Have A More Attuned System of Knowledge.

A Technology to Organize the Knowledge of an Inner and Outer Landscape

[evidential reasoning, evidential information]

evidential information – i.e., information that is to some degree uncertain, imprecise, and occasionally inaccurate.

The information technology (IT) of painting applied to the landscape for knowledge management (KM).

the range of information technologies are said to capture, store, retrieve, transfer and apply knowledge. Action research, with its emphasis on praxis and on the importance of ‘situated, practical theory,’ is an ideal vehicle for deepening PAINTING’s field of understanding of the design of experiments  Knowledge Management Systems for use in with the landscape / inside or outside the studio.  

= Virgo and Pisces =

January 2, 2009

“The South Node in Virgo represents a Virgoan bias toward empirical means of gaining knowledge, and a resistance to the Piscean intuitive, numinous, consciousness-expanding tools for knowing.” lisa dale miller

“Virgo rules the body; Pisces rules the transcendent mind and deep psyche. Virgo is classical physics; Pisces is quantum physics. Virgo is healing the body with medicine, surgery, healthy lifestyle habits, and diet; Pisces is healing the individual and collective soul or psyche through energy medicine or the development of consciousness itself. Virgo is engineering and technological advancement through research and development; Pisces is the flashing, intuitive brilliance of revelation and abstract mathematics. Bring together the Virgo/Pisces duality—the mind/body connection—and you get the total spectrum of inner and outer knowledge. Mistakes are made when how we gain knowledge arises from a need to unnecessarily favor one to the exclusion of the other.” lisa dale miller