Image credit: Elif Saydam To hum is to create the first turbulence, to deny the throat the first enculturation, to emmmmmmmmote the power of the first sound—the mmmmmmother ur-sound that denies the mmmmmmmmmouth—to perform shifting interior states in the heat of your own juices. Shit, gas, sound leave. Perhaps they live in latency before being willed to escape. Expelling carbon dioxide and nitric oxide is a relentless participation in the swooping cycle of purification and (in)toxification that results in breath, speech, song. In our common sense, we believe the voice is the body, its very breath and interior shapes projected outward into the world as a way others might know us, even know us intimately.˙ Are we more in our bodies now?… Keep reading...
♣: We returned to the topic of truth and how it functions in art and writing when he showed us this picture of Cindy Sherman’s Untitled. It reminded him of “waiting for a man to call.” For him, the photograph’s truth lay in an embodied knowledge: Our susceptibility to the power and influence of love and its unequal parts. ♦: I wasn’t there when Untitled came up, but the moment’s clear enough to me anyways. The term talks about a body knowing how to act, hold, carry, accept change, shake a hand, keep a distance. ♣: One of its important features is that the body, not the mind, is the knowing subject. ♦: I was once asked how I feel about life before my child, and I said something like it’s hard to know, she’s been imprinted on everything. What I mean… Keep reading...