Sculpture and other messes. The process blog of Susannah Jo Foster.
But a ritual performance need not be a formal spectacle. It may be something an individual enacts alone by following a prescribed route, by repeating a prayer, by recalling a narrative, or by engaging in some other structured experience that relates to the history or meaning of the site (or to some object or objects on the site). Some individuals may use a ritual site more knowledgeably than others - they may be more educationally prepared to respond to its symbolic cues. The term ‘ritual’ can also mean habitual or routinized behavior that lacks meaningful subjective context. This sense of ritual as an ‘empty’ routine or performance is not the sense in which I use the term.
In art museums, it is the visitors who enact the ritual.
At this point Kublai Khan expects Marco to speak of Irene as it is seen from within. But Marco cannot do this: he has not succeeded in discovering which is the city that those of the plateau call Irene. For that matter, it is of slight importance: if you saw it, standing in its midst, it would be a different city; Irene is a name for a city in the distance, and if you approach, it changes.
For those who pass it without entering, the city is one thing; it is another for those who are trapped by it and never leave. There is a city where you arrive for the first time; and there is another city which you leave never to return. Each deserves a different name; perhaps I have already spoken of Irene under other names; perhaps I have spoken only of Irene.
'Irene' - from Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Calvino would have been 90 years old today. O, how we miss him.(via byronic)
Mock cross stitch with blue string and ripped up raver pants.