Malleable World

Posted by NeMe | Sun Feb 20th 2011 4:10 a.m.

There is an ongoing tradition, a whole sort of hieroglyphic, textual system of markings: where to find food, where dangers are, etc. Historically, markings have long been left for other travelers along trails, train paths, and in other spaces. There also are augmentations of experience and woe such as the poems carved into the walls of the Angel Island immigration detention center which paint vivid portraits of pain, confusion, anger and sadness of many individuals stuck there between 1910 and 1940. These two examples both show a progression and thread in time and a dichotomy.  Augmentation historically been used pragmatically and expressively, often in tandem.  Creativity and deep necessity have worked in tandem.

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