Wednesday, March 26, 2008


"The other departure from contemporary English is my use of 'irreal' and 'irreality', which are not English words at all. They are my rendering of the French adjective and noun 'irréel' usually translated as 'unreal' and 'unreality'. but these would be misleading here. Sartre's use of 'irréel' here seems to follow one sense of Husserl's 'irreal' . Since Husserl's term is usually rendered into English as 'irreal', my rendering of Sartre's term preserves the connection. Further, Sartre's 'irréel' does not denote, as 'unreal' seems to, the class of objects that could exist but do not. Rather, an irreal object in this work is an object as imagined by consciousness. This object may be real: the irreal Pierre may be the real Pierre as imaged. Conversely, unreal objects that are never imaged will never be irreal. Finally, Sartre employs the verb 'to irrealize', even opening the work by describing the imagination as 'the great "irrealizing' function of consciousness". To translate 'irrealize' here as 'unrealize' might be taken to imply that Sartre considered the imagination to be the function of removing items from reality, or considering real items as unreal. Although from about the middle of the work Sartre contrasts this use of 'irrealizing' with the 'realizing' function of perception, it is by this point abundantly clear that contrast is between the kind of consciousness that constitutes an object as 'irreal' and the kind that constitutes an object as 'real'. "(from The Imaginary by Jean-Paul Sartre/ Notes on the translation xxviii)

- See: Terms

:: note :: ... wanted to add something about irreal consciousness to the value of theater ... theater is active irreal consciousness ... the living action ...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Value of theater

North American theater related blogs questioned the value of theater on March 19.

The Peter Brook quote which inspired this blogs title holds an answer.

"In everyday life, 'if' is a fiction, in the theater 'if' is an experiment. In everyday life, 'if' is an evasion, in the theater 'if' is the truth."(The Empty Space)

If is the central core of LifE. Experiences creating/witnessing/participating in theater can be healing. Flow, action in rhythm, vibration in space heals the fragmentation of time into a on-going presence of awakened sensibility. Theater plays (pdf link) with space & time educating the imagination to observe equally the predictable and unpredictable universe. Theater is a communion opening us to the mystery which is at the heart of life.

To finish the Brook quote which concludes his book:

"When we are persuaded to believe in this truth, then the theater and life are one. This is a high aim. It sounds like hard work. To play needs much work. But when we experience the work as play, then it is not work any more. A play is play."(The Empty Space p 157)

- See: Theater

:: note :: ... always repeating & that too is the essence of theater ...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Irene van de Mheen

A picture named exterior_holandes.jpg(via LookSee)

- See: Image

:: note :: ... this is a work that might fit into SL ... able to fly around & even into ...

Sunday, March 16, 2008


"i found - sourced from here - - scroll down to the Dec 13th post on that page

- See: Social Networks

:: note :: ... am a late bloomer ... quick to add & use apps/tools ... mainly lurk slow to network ... was hesitant to ask twitter to find some info on a "geek/tech" word while reading a post but took the plunge ... it was one of the first "friends" who replied with a direct message thus hidden ... the flashy multi posters ignored the request ... there certainly types of friends ... so thanks web friend ...

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Arts Education

"1. An interest in a performing art leads to a high state of motivation that produces the sustained attention necessary to improve performance and the training of attention that leads to improvement in other domains of cognition."( Essay: Arts and Cognition: Findings Hint at Relationships The 2008 Progress Report on Brain Research | via)


"Thirty-five thousand MFAs a semester, 90 percent of whom never make another work of art."(The Art Critic: David Hickey | via)

- See: Education

:: note :: ... the paradox in these statements reveals the truth about ? ...