If one were to plot a spectrum of artistic media according to the degree to which an observer feels as though he or she is participating in the origination of the narrative, videogames would rank among the most dynamic, the most participatory.
“While science fiction provides us with its awkward, often graceless, technologically advanced futures, we arrive, haltingly, at our past, surprised that we have actually, as a race, lived through science fiction.”
“What if cinema was a branch of metaphysics?”
Irish alternative and experimental poetry is much more visible a decade into the twenty-first century than it was at the century’s turn, when the debate about the status of the Irish avant-garde was being vigorously thrashed out on the pages of journals and internet forums.
“The joke never fails to amuse. That said, certain conditions must be met.”
“The black of the infinite and the blue of stellar transition, heaven, the cosmic sea, are balanced in contrast by the white of the moon-sphere, the soap bubble pipe, and the ghostly border which both separates and connects the lower portion — the physical realm — to the stars above.”
“Invent the effects of some creature exceedingly desired by the mind: after spotting it once, it would absorb into its own a splendid fixity every which thought capable to come after it;”
“Confronted with a dominant mode of expression, Lerner finds ways to revivify its language, finding an almost lyric beauty in words thought stripped of poetic currency – they radiate back into the world, stepping lightly as though new born.”
“Now we realize, as we stand victorious over this subdued world, that we never ceased to move. Time’s true arrow did not die but twist; became Time’s helter-skelter. A hurricane grew, blowing a wind more fierce than we had ever known. Many remained impervious, placid in the confines of the gentle centre. But many others were flung into the violent gyre to join those strangers we despised; the world swallowed in Utopia.”
Subtle Bonds of the Encounter: Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) / bpNichol (1944-1988) / Ibn Arabi (1165-1240)
“What if metaphysics was a branch of cinéma fantastique?”