Unfortunately I missed the last Sunday Digest due to actually not realising a week had already gone by! How this happened, I cannot explain, but I believe in moving onwards yet learning from the past, like the Angelus Novus of Paul Klee as described by Walter Benjamin -
A Klee painting named Angelus Novus shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.
The one advantage of this delay is that now I have an abundance of riches to share with you via the magic of URLs! So, take heart. On with show -
I have been recently getting into the work of the fashion designer Veronique Branquinho. She seems to be interested in a lot of the same things I am and her presentations and clothing capture such a wonderfully nostalgic vibe they fill me with sehnsucht.
Some images from an exhibition at the Momu museum in Antwerp.
Oliver Reichenstein wrote about learning to see on his company blog. Very good reading for designers in any industry.
Our mind is not a camera. Seeing is not a passive act. We see what we expect to see, or, as Anaïs Nin put it so beautifully: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
The idea that our perception is as much a result of what we are able to know as of what we expect to find is not new. Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason is based on this insight:
“Up to now it has been assumed that all our cognition must conform to the objects; but […] let us once try whether we do not get further […] by assuming that the objects must conform to our cognition.”
Read more here
This is a great guide for explaining the modern definition and understanding of instituionalised racism and privilege. I advise everybody to read it.
After I realized the extent to which men work from a base of unacknowledged privilege, I understood that much of their oppressiveness was unconscious. Then I remembered the frequent charges from women of color that white women whom they encounter are oppressive. I began to understand why we are just seen as oppressive, even when we don't see ourselves that way. I began to count the ways in which I enjoy unearned skin privilege and have been conditioned into oblivion about its existence.
Writer Alan Moore on the magic of writing.
I believe that magic is art and that art, whether it be writing, music, sculpture, or any other form is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words, or images, to achieve changes in consciousness.
Full quote here.
Have a great Sunday!
Header image via. Detail of invitation from Veronique Branquinho's AW1998 collection.