Thursday, May 10, 2007

Knots of perception




"(...) Serres describes the senses as interconnected in a knot. This is a useful notion for enucleating both the complicated (imbricated or twisted) nature of everyday perception and the embodied 'compacity' of the senses. (Employing the metaphor of the knot takes us away from the model of the text, with its neatly separated, two-dimensional characters, and suggests instead the multi-colored knotted symbol system of the Incas known as 'quipu'...).

Howes, David (ed.), Empire of the Senses: The Sensual Culture Reader, Berg, Oxford, New York 2005, introduction, p.9

2 Comments:

Blogger Arielle said...

Both my children had a dream-catcher hanging above their bed for years, and it is true that they had very, very few nightmares ...

9:19 am  
Anonymous Kristoff Goett said...

I can't help it, but I very often find the reference to a musical piece when I hear/read of certain words/ expressions/sayings ... and this also happened with "Knots" which is a song by the group "Gentle Giant" ... musically complex like the described item. Here are the lyrics (not really connected to textiles but anyway):
http://www.lyricsdomain.com/7/gentle_giant/knots.html

3:26 pm  

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