2017年2月28日火曜日

Quotes 2017 (extra)

"Joy, he [Bill Reid] liked to say, is a well-made object. And objects (as he also liked to say) have a way of becoming more than objects, through the skill, intensity and love that render them well made."

Robert Bringhurst in the introduction to Bill Reid, Solitary Raven.

UCLA にて

2年ぶりにカリフォルニア大学ロスアンジェルス校に滞在中です。今回はアーバン・ヒューマニティーズ(都市人文学)を推進しているグループからのお招き。

http://www.urbanhumanities.ucla.edu/

建築・都市学と、人文地理、社会学を初めとする人文社会系の複合領域から、ロスアンジェルス、メキシコシティ、上海、東京などの研究を進めている人たちです。われわれの大学院プログラム PAC(場所、芸術、意識)とは完全にシンクロ。

到着し、早速日曜日にダウンタウンの「小東京」でワークショップを行いました。ワークショップではぼくがPort Bのプロジェクト「東京ヘテロトピア」を解説し、ついで日系コミュニティ文化センターのビル・ワタナベさんによるリトル・トーキョーの歴史をめぐるお話。

それから小グループに分かれて、このエリアに埋め混まれたさまざまな歴史のかけらを訪ねることにしました。これから今週一杯で、各チームが自分たちの作品を制作します。文章、ヴィジュアル作品、パフォーマンスなど。金曜日の最終発表会には、今学期、日本文学科で教えている古川日出男さんも加わります。題して「リトル・トーキョー・ゴースト・ストーリーズ(百物語)」。

どんな作品ができてくるのか、楽しみです。

Quotes 2017 #59

"Otherwise, this humble narrative genre [the FAIT DIVERS] obeys the same laws that make literature evolve with our vision of the world. It used to be that insignificant FAITS DIVERS were referred to as 'dogs hit by cars.' Television journalists now call them 'trash cans on fire.' I sense in this transition from the dog to the trash can, from the living to the inanimate, a depersonalization typical of our times."

Roger Grenier, Palace of Books (Alice Kaplan trans.)

2017年2月27日月曜日

Quotes 2017 #58

"Far from engaging in a philosophy of a subject, Michelet and Quinet think of the people in light of their problematic---for always deferred---identity. Rather than embodying a self-presence, the people either are ABOVE themselves---the people in the heroic state that establish themselves in the very invention of liberty---or they are BELOW themselves, when the experience of liberty threatens to revert into its opposite, namely servitude. In short, never coinciding with themselves, never equal to themselves, the people are simultaneously where they are manifest, and where they come to existence, confronted with the ordeal of an insurmountable self-discrepancy. A discrepancy that would wrongly be considered a shortcoming, for it is quite certainly by this deficiency, and by maintaining it, that the opportunities for an anti-authoritarian city are encountered."

Miguel Abensour, Democracy Against the State.

2017年2月26日日曜日

Quotes 2017 #57-b

"I inverted the image of the map from his letter in my mind and began driving south to the highway. After a few moments I turned off the headlights and rolled down the window. I listened to the tires crushing gravel in the roadbed. The sound of it helped me hold the road, together with instinct and the memory of earlier having driven it. I felt the volume of space beneath the clear, star-ridden sky, and moved over the dark prairie like a barn-bound horse."

Barry Lopez, "The Mappist."

Quotes 2017 #57

"The world is a miracle, unfolding in the pitch dark. We're lighting candles. Those maps---they are my candles."

Barry Lopez, "The Mappist."

2017年2月25日土曜日

Quotes 2017 #56

"And there's a becoming black, which is extremely important and has been asserting itself in recent years. And also a becoming that I don't know how to describe because the words are so stupid, a becoming-environment, a becoming-raised-consciousness about the faces of Brazil, its landscapes, its plant and animal realities. I have an impression that this could transform modes of subjectivation profoundly."

Félix Guattari, Molecular Revolution in Brazil.

まさに山川草木鳥獣虫魚党の主張です。