[Writing Under the Influence] EPISODE O: Virtual Reality

⠁ The thought that everything affects everything else is a truism. So the whole world is culpable of its own state at any given time (a Buddhist perspective, perhaps). ⠃ But when Aevi focuses on games, it’s like he is in another world. He’s not putting on any headgears but is in a Virtual Reality by the sheer […]

[Writing Under the Influence] EPISODE N: For Example

⠁ Every specific situation is interesting if described through the appropriate scale of observation. It is the specificity that matters—observation must achieve the appropriate level of specificity. This is because specifically speaking, no situation is ever the same. ⠃ Every situation therefore serves as a model case (example) to see other situations analytically. The specific case is […]

[Writing Under the Influence] EPISODE M: Peripheral Noise

⠁ In Dawson City: Frozen Time, the images and the distortion of images tell a different story. The latter is the story of the act of telling the story, as if pointing not to the reality of characters that actors play but the reality of the actors who play that character. The distortion of images record […]

[Writing Under the Influence] EPISODE L: United States

⠁ The term “latency” signifies temporal delay as well as something that exists but is not manifest. The former is a diachronic effect; the latter a synchronic one. In both cases, what is addressed is the effect of something that escapes the perceived present. That’s what phase-shifts and spiritualism have in common. ⠃ Aevi’s drawing […]

[Writing Under the Influence] EPISODE K: Plant Adaptation

⠁ People often wonder if plants are conscious or not, whether they have a mind, an agency, or some form of intention. Other people argue against this, saying that the survival tactics of plants are determined automatically on the chemical level and there is no room for intention, agency, or mind. But this is a […]

[Writing Under the Influence] EPISODE J: Motion Sickness

⠁ Why people get motion sickness is still an unsolved mystery. There are two prominent theories. (a) The conflict between information perceived by the senses and motion detected by the vestibular system in the inner ear. When we are on vehicles our inner ear signals us that we are moving but our eyes tell us […]

[Writing Under the Influence] EPISODE I: Choreographic Time Bombs

⠁ It is possible that all artworks are metaphors of life, both as models (works being alive) and as representations of “our”—the viewer’s—life (works about being alive). There are two basic conditions of life: not knowing what will happen next, and knowing it will end. The same is true for all forms of temporal arts. One […]

[Writing Under the Influence] EPISODE H: Proto-Fiction

⠁ On the one hand there is the anthropomorphization of objects (minerals and things): as if they had intention. On the other, there is the anthropomorphization of pseudo-object organisms (plants and insects): as if they had a plan. Both are easily proven to be incorrect: the former because it does not consider that objects, by […]

[Writing Under Influence] EPISODE G: Detective Moves

⠁ In Oedipus Rex, characters talk precisely because they don’t know what they are talking about. If they knew what they were talking about, they wouldn’t have talked about it, and no drama would have ensued. To generalize: One does something because one doesn’t know what one is doing. In this sense, people’s acts parallel the […]

[Writing Under Influence] EPISODE F: Not You

⠁ Love needs two bodies but desires to become one. Like sex or like eating, becoming one with the other is an erotic act. But there is a paradox here since if becoming one with the other is truly accomplished, the other will cease to exist; the necessary condition for eros will be lost. Love […]