Thursday, July 23, 2015

Scientia potentia est...

...In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographer's Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.

- Suarez Miranda, Viajes de varones prudentes, Libro IV, Cap. XLV, Lerida, 1658
- Jorge Luis Borges, "On Exactitude in Science" (translated by Andrew Hurley)

28 comments:

Always On Watch said...

"The Path to Abstraction" -- good video.

Thersites said...

Science and mathematics were "abstracting" pretty rapidly at the time (1910)... cars, planes... so why not art?

Always On Watch said...

I don't like all abstract art. But I'm open to some of it.

I really adore Surrealism and Impressionism.

Thersites said...

Me 2. I've learned to appreciate a few other types as well, Vorticism, Supremicism, some cubism.

Thersites said...

errata - Suprematism

Thersites said...

Did you know... From the late 1920s the Russian avant-garde experienced direct and harsh criticism from the authorities and in 1934 the doctrine of Socialist Realism became official policy, and prohibited abstraction and divergence of artistic expression.

Ducky's here said...

Kandinsky was so important.

Klee and Miro are often just Kandinsky with a sense of humor.

Stalin cracking down on the Supremacists was a tragedy.
Kandinsky influenced them also.

Do you know that Soviet Realism was the on;y painting style endorsed
by uber materialist Ayn Rand?

Ducky's here said...

Did you know that the Suprematists and Constructivists were patronized by Trotsky?

nicrap said...

Do you know that i didn't? ;)

Thersites said...

Suprematists and Constructivists were patronized by Trotsky?

One reason Stalin cracked down on them?

beamish said...

Disumbrationism. All other schools of art are garbage.

-FJ said...

Disumbrationism for its "honesty" beamish?

beamish said...

Pretty much. The pimples on the naked emperor's ass.

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beamish said...

Sort of like asking Donald Trump why he's running as a Republican when he's never been a Republican, ever, and hearing him say it because he wants to protect the sanctity of his fourth marriage.

-FJ said...

You are right about one thing. There are no "white knights" who are going to ride in and save the Republican Party from the fag hags currently controlling it.

beamish said...

Romney supporters are just going to have to set their principles aside and run Chris Christie through a tree mulcher.

-FJ said...

They'd better remove the stomache staple first. It's GOTTA be bigger than a horshoe, and would wreck that mulcher!

beamish said...

LOL!

2012 taught me that the Republican Party will break its own delegate allocation rules to push a chosen establishment candidate. Votes don't matter, rules don't matter. Whatever loyalty the GOP could count on from me was erased. I won't go so far as to become a Democrat, but I am highly motivated to destroy the Republican Party. GOP delenda est.

beamish said...

I'm tired of left-wing softies like Ronald Reagan squandering opportunities to nuke commies off the face of the earth.

-FJ said...

lol!

He almost did it, once...

It was the "high water mark" of the GOP. It's been downhill ever since.

beamish said...

Yep.

beamish said...

Betrayal is worse than opposition. The Republican Party must be destroyed.

beamish said...

I doubt that any GOP candidates at the debate this week will propose throwing Romnwy supporters into tree mulchers.

Which means the GOP simply isn't even trying to get my vote.

beamish said...

What, now they want me to pick up the principles I set aside?

-FJ said...

They only have one principle. $

beamish said...

Nah... Love her or hate her, at least Nancy Pelosi made an attempt to curb Obama's spending. Boehner, not so much.

-FJ said...

It's not the quantity they argue over so much as "who" gets it.