I’ve been reading the spiel on Laetitia Sonami’s website about her Lady’s Gloves and found myself fascinated from the outset of the first sentence.
I built my first gloves in 1991 for a performance at the Ars Electronica Festival (Linz) with Paul DeMarinis, entitled “Mechanization Takes Command”.
There is so much in that sentence to deconstruct and think about. Putting aside the whole moral and ethical question about whether Imogen Heap has given due credit to her predecessors for the moment, which you already know is a question belonging to an aspect of a favorite complex of mine!… what about that word “Takes” in the title of Laetitia’s first performance with her gloves?! Does ‘takes’ mean ‘asserts’? Or does it mean ‘receives’?
I reckon it means both, but the first implication of that I can think of is that if we don’t take inside control over the intended meaning of our words; our words will receive whatever meanings are asserted from their outside.
Takes equals inside
control over outside control;
I have just twords.
That’s not a traditional Haiku, since it goes 5-8-4. It’s an American sentence with haiku-like line breaks though. So inside control in this case is equal to counting on the breakability of outside control over the affections of inside control, or IC = OC/n where IC and OC are implied, and the italicism of the n stands for an affection.
The second implication I can think of is a consequence of the first i.e., a common assertion that poets make:
Poetry should be open to a free interpretation i.e., Once I have written it, it’s yours.
Putting aside the whole moral and ethical question about whether such an assertion is conducive to encouraging an obligation to a predecessor for the moment, which you already know is a question belonging to an aspect of a favorite complex of mine!… what about that?
What about that?
Then what about.
What about that rather
than then then?
What do think about that?
I would have concluded with “What do you think about that then”, but that wouldn’t have been anapaestic enough for a limerick with not enough syllables taken inside the lines. So it’s not a traditional limerick, since it goes < 7-10 for 4 out of 5. So?
So to the third implication I can think of.
That's over and out
for susan. your energy has not been lost :)
*note to self for further thought. How did I go from the idea of command to the notion of control that led me make the link in my head from what I have written to the above picture? Did I start mechanising something, and then lose control over something? Command of my wits?