Week 3- The optical Unconcious

From now on our lessons will be at the National Museum of Cardiff where we will be given a quote o’r part of a book which we try to analyze and relate to work from the museum.

‘The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased. Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The form of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.

… The boundaries of bodies are the least of all things.’

The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

My first thoughts were that these sentences don’t quite relate with one another ‘The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased’, ‘The form of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow’ I understand this concept in which the form is outlined with a shadow which could then be easier to understand, but if the shadow can infinitely diminish and infinitely increase, then it will never be a perfect representation of the form so it couldn’t be understood in detail. This did made me think and ponder over shadows, walking home from the museum with the street lights casting my shadow on the pavement  I realized I will never be eye to eye with my shadow, I will always be looking at my back wherever the light may be.

Bedwyr Williams – Tyrrau Mawr, (Big Towers) 2016

 

This is a 20 minute audio visual where we can hear Bedwyr Williams talking about personal histories and moments from it’s inhabitants to try plot the short story of a city barely two years old. When I first entered the room the scene was set in day and looked static, I thought it was a bit bizarre especially with the added audio so I didn’t take much interest and left. I passed through the room again and noticed that the scene was set at night, after a couple of minutes of listening to the audio and watching dusk till dawn I realized I’d seen this mountain before, ‘Cader Idris’ I traveled to Dolgellau where the mountains are everyday for 3 years to study Art and Design in beautiful rural Snowdonia. After I came to this realization it made me quite upset thinking that this may be reality when I’m older, our population is expanding, mass construction is thriving and terrifying, anything could happen if there’s money or opportunity at stake.

Looking back at Leonardo Da Vinci’s quote ‘The form of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.’ If it wasn’t for the shadows of the night over the mountain, I would not have understood what Bedwyr Williams was trying to tell us and give us this realization.

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