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Les Tarahumaras

A crumbling volume I am putting into recycling is Artaud, Les tarahumaras, in Gallimard/idées, 1971. I bought it used 10 years later. The text was composed between 1937 and 1948, after Artaud’s 1936 trip to Mexico. I marked some passages in it when I read it.

P. 18: Westermers when asked a question react as though they knew it was they who were responding, and not someone else. The Tarahumaras are not like that.

Pp. 18-19: A European would never accept the idea that his sensations, emotions, ideas, were not his own, that another person could have experienced them in his body. The Tarahumaras do make a distinction between what are one’s own thoughts and what are the thoughts of the other, even if one thinks both thoughts oneself.

P. 73: The Renaissance and Humanism diminished humanity because they denied the perhaps superhuman, but natural laws of the earlier period: from the Renaissance forward Man tried to cut nature down to his size, rather than reach up to its size. Nature was denied and only the human was considered henceforth.

p. 131, on ceremonies and priests: Mais il faut surtout entendre les Paroles qu’ils se renvoient de l’un à l’autre avec des signes qui senblent extraits des limbes même de l’Eternité et qui sont faits pour supporter et manifester quelque chose, et ce quelque chose est l’Esprit du Verbe qui roule comme une boule de flamme devant le Seigneur Dieu, et dont eux Tarahumaras se souviennent, disent-ils, d’avoir été et d’être la Volonté et le reflet.

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Baltic States

It appears that Lithuanian is the closest Indo-European language to Sanskrit.

There is this Lithuanian film Vortex, very beautiful, that I would rather see in the theatre than at home because of the sadness.

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Andrei Zvyagintsev

Everyone liked this film, Elena, but I found it entirely too bleak. Had I seen it in Moscow and in Russian, in some art house after reading the papers for several weeks and observing life, I would have found it interesting and stimulating. I would have walked along the street afterwards thinking of the market society. But the film is grim.

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Sobre la ansiedad

This artistic description, explanation and set of antidotes is really good.

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Viaje hacia la noche

This is an interesting video on a surrealist poet, that I still have to watch.

Viaje Hacia la Noche from Realidad Visual on Vimeo.

Moro.

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Floating water world

This is very interesting.

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A film for me to see

“En un emblemático barrio popular de Barcelona, amenazado por un plan de reforma, se emprende la construcción de un bloque de viviendas. Queríamos conocer la intimidad de una construcción, así que nos metimos ahí, cuando ese espacio era todavía un solar donde los chavales jugaban a fútbol. Sobre este terreno buscamos la forma de convivir, conocer y rodar -así, por este orden- que nos permitiera abordar tanto el anecdotario de la propia obra como el que ésta generaba a su alrededor; en esa cotidianidad quebrada por el estruendo de los derribos, entre sus vecinos, en el barrio (de hecho la imagen del barrio se concretó en la del puñado de rostros que a nuestros ojos lo representaban). En este proceso, pronto advertimos que la mutación del paisaje urbano implicaba también una mutación en el paisaje humano, y que en este movimiento se podrían reconocer ciertos ecos del mundo. Sobre estos cimientos construimos una película.”

–José Luís Guerín

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