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The other end of the lane.

The other end of the lane.

I was sitting there in fourth position. Which was fine. At least I wasn’t last, although some prefer it. They think it’s safer we’re split. And it can be if the sphere of influence rolls in the opposite direction—my direction. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen today, but you never know. It all depends on who’s manipulating the sphere. There’s a different manipulator every time an...

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thinking abt art history and critical theory for me is a constant back-and-forth between writing everything off as meaningless gibberish and then watching an old documentary by john berger and going, “you’ve made me see art w the naive clairvoyance of a child and the piercing insight of a critic all at once, how can i repay u????”

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[M]en act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is male; the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object—and most particularly an object of vision: a sight.

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20:29 - 20:53 minutes in has a public execution by shooting so I’d advise skipping that. But I watched this entire video in a REALLY weird writing class that feels like it was a quarter long brainwashing session. Just watching this puts me in another state of mind and it’s hard to describe until you do.

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you painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her/put a mirror in her hand/you called the painting “vanity”/thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure

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Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is also another sense in which seeing conies before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we ...

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