process imagining


Computers, video, radio, printing presses, synthesizers, fax machines, tape recorders, photocopiers – these things make good toys, but terrible addictions.

Finally we realize we cannot “reach out & touch someone” who is not present in the flesh. These media may be useful to our art – but they must not possess us, nor must they stand between, mediate, or separate us from our animal/animate selves. We want to control our media, not be controlled by them. And we should like to remember a certain psychic martial art which stresses the realization that the body itself is the least mediated of all media.






Every great imaginative conception is a vortex into which everything under the sun may be swept.

~John Livingston Lowes, The Road to Xanadu, p. 389





We must invent the heart of things if we wish one day to discover it.



The voyage into distant worlds of the imaginary truly conducts a dynamic psyche only if it takes the shape of a voyage into the land of the infinite. In the realm of imagination, every immanence takes on a transcendence.

#gastonbachelard #airanddreams #imagination #imaginary #immanence #transcendence

quote, muriel rukeyser, the life of poetry, 7

We look again to the human wish, its faiths, the means by which the imagination leads us to surpass ourselves.

#imagination #humanwish #faiths #surpass #thefearofpoetry


quote, muriel rukeyser, the life of poetry, 7

If there is a feeling that something has been lost, it may be because much has not yet been used, much is still to be found and begun.

#imagination #poetry

peter lamborn wilson, spiritual destinations of an anarchist, 24.

Each of us are a part of Nature, it is true, but our value as individuals is not thereby lessened in any way, since it would be equally true to say that Nature is a part of us, individually. Nature's freedom from all abstract “categorical imperatives” does not reduce all biota to a faceless mass; on the contrary, it restores to each thing its own unique face.

#peterlambornwilson #oncharlesfourier #imagination #hermeticism

elie segel on beauty

“All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”

go to aesthetic realism for a reading..

#eliesegel #aestheticrealism #imagination #truth

quote, charles steiner, the watch house where the switches keep

There is a “bad” eternity: the quasi-atemporality of half-inhabited images; of concepts believed; of institutions imposed. There is a “good” eternity unveiled when energy is released, where the Now abides at the very center of the transitory

#imagination #image #critiqueoftheimage #charlessteiner

quote, what is religion?, rubem alves, 19.

If we think that these human beings have been totally objective, totally dominated by facts, totally true—yes, totally true!—could they then have invented things? Where was the flute before it was invented? And the garden? And dances? And paintings? Absent. Nonexistent. No knowledge could possibly have pulled these things from nature. It was necessary that the imagination become pregnant in order that culture could be born.

#imagination #birth #culture #facts #true #truth #invention