Interesting TED article about how language can affect the way we think and behave, with different languages driving significantly different modes of thought and behaviour. This includes recognition of colour – especially different shades of blue, with some languages, (Italian and Russian but not English for example) having specific terms for different hues. Puts me in mind of Sapir and Whorf and their ideas about reality being shaped by language.
Reading: The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths. Rosalind E. Krauss. I’ve dipped into this before on quite a few occasions but this is a reading from cover to cover (about time!). Just finished this chapter: The Photographic Conditions of Surrealism. Krauss is very adept at explanations of some of the fundamental techniques used by Surrealist photographers and their consequences, things such as doubling, spacing, repetition. She does insist on the photograph having a special connection to reality: “a photochemically processed trace causally connected to that thing in the world to which it refers”; a “deposit of the real”. This is a very dangerous concept, not treated with the caution that it deserves.