[NetBehaviour] Ontological Banding

Meredith Finkelstein Chang mnfinkel at gmail.com
Fri Oct 29 20:24:53 CEST 2021

Although not related to faces ... and now I am thinking of  Levinas - this
discussion reminds me of Gebser
in Ever Present ORigin and the idea that the mental stage of development
(including perspective) began when Petrach climbed Mount Ventoux in 1336 -
Gebser says this is the first time someone climbed a mountain to see the
view (which I doubt - but I do find the analysis poetic and interesting)


On Fri, Oct 29, 2021 at 12:52 PM Max Herman via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

> Hi Anthony,
> That is a very interesting idea from Heydenreich, who I've never read and
> don't really know anything about though the name sounds familiar.  I did
> read somewhere that Leonardo's Arno Valley is sometimes considered the
> first true landscape, but I am too uneducated in art history to know if
> that holds true.  It would jibe with what I think I know of Leonardo, and I
> do know that he dated that sketch very prominently as in "I drew this
> sketch of the Arno Valley on October 27, 1481, signed, Leonardo da Vinci"
> or something like that which is atypical for him (and a little
> blockchainesque in that he used the "notarial" vocabulary of his father and
> grandfather who were notaries i.e. writers of official contracts).  One of
> my goals is to understand better if that sketch does qualify as the first
> landscape, because if it does it means a lot to how I would understand
> Leonardo.  I'll have to look up Heydenreich; one of the most interesting
> present-day scholars of Leonardo I've found is Joost Keizer of Groningen
> University.  He focuses a lot on Leonardo's use of word, text, and
> allegory, seeing a lot of very modern (as opposed to proto-modern) themes
> and structures.  I can't say if Keizer is 100% correct or not on all points
> -- who ever is -- but his assertions are definitely interesting.
> The idea of face as landscape is also super interesting.  I would be very
> curious to know if Deleuze wrote about the ML in particular,  but that idea
> is very prominent in the Leonardiana (i.e. that the person
> mirrors/echoes/reflects the rock and water landscape) which is a funny word
> that means "writings about Leonardo."
> Re this idea of face and landscape, it resonates with the interesting
> "Uninvited" project announced by Furtherfield as well as the rather
> dystopian morphisms of certain social media conglomerates in the news.
> Perhaps another correlation could be found between the "spirit of the
> tree," a kind of identity or perceptual counterpart, and the setting of
> Finsbury Park in the "Based on a Tree Story" project?
> I tend to range far too much on such comparisons but sometimes they are
> interesting or echo patterns that seem possibly relevant.  In the
> relatively cold climate I live in the leaves are all changing drastically
> this week and a couple of days of rain have brought a huge number to earth
> which are not yet raked up.  Tomorrow will be a mass festival of raking
> around hundreds of thousands of yards in silent synchrony.  I don't know
> why I like looking at these leaves around my block, in a sunny day after
> the rain yesterday, maybe because they are unusual colors?  My cat for
> example climbed on a neighbor's fence right next to a shrub with bright red
> leaves which was nice.  I don't see a face in these trees per se but I do
> see a kind of friend, something I'm glad to see again, something that means
> something, and maybe I like that it is non-digital and non-electronic to
> remind me that I and perhaps all life are also partly that?
> There could be a relation between the "intelligence" that imagines or
> images the environment and what that environment becomes, but also vice
> versa which Leonardo recommended very vociferously in quotations like:
> "Though human ingenuity may make various inventions which, by the help of
> various machines answering the same end, it will never devise any
> inventions more beautiful, nor more simple, nor more to the purpose than
> Nature does; because in her inventions nothing is wanting, and nothing is
> superfluous, and she needs no counterpoise when she makes limbs proper for
> motion in the bodies of animals. But she puts into them the soul of the
> body, which forms them that is the soul of the mother which first
> constructs in the womb the form of the man and in due time awakens the soul
> that is to inhabit it."
> I'm also trying to learn about how Renaissance (or "early modern") poetry
> including Dante related the face to the overall inner being, often using
> the metaphor of a balcony, situating the former as a venue transmitting
> both the individual and the general universal or environmental properties
> of the latter.  But it's very slow going and still no more than a hobby.
> All best,
> Max
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> *Cc:* Anthony Stephenson <aps0loot at gmail.com>
> *Subject:* Re: [NetBehaviour] Ontological Banding
> Hello Max,
> Your continuing investigation into La Giocondo made me break open my
> only book on Leonardo. An interesting aside is something Ludwig
> Heydenreich once pointed out that Leonardo's sketch of the Arno valley
> (https://fineartamerica.com/featured/arno-landscape-leonardo-da-vinci.html
> )
> is "The first true landscape in art." But as far as ATP is concerned,
> you might want to check out the chapter (plateau) on faciality: '...
> the face has a correlate of great importance: the landscape, which is
> not just a milieu but a deterritorialized world. There are a number of
> face-landscape correlations,
> on this "higher" level. ... Painting takes up the same movement but
> also reverses it, positioning a landscape as a face, treating one like
> the other ...'
> --
> Anthony Stephenson
> http://anthonystephenson.org/
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