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September 12, 2017

A Literary-Musical Evening

"'tis a cursed bad
fiddle.--Do you know whether my fiddle's in tune or
no?--trut...prut.. .--They should be fifths.--'Tis wickedly
strung--tr...a.e.i.o.u.-twang.--The bridge is a mile too high,
and the sound post absolutely down,--else--trut...prut--hark!
tis not so bad a tone.--Diddle diddle, diddle diddle, diddle
diddle, dum. There is nothing in playing before good
judges,--but there's a man there--no--not him with the bundle
under his arm--the grave man in black.--'Sdeath! not the
gentleman with the sword on.--Sir, I had rather play a Caprichio
to Calliope herself, than draw my bow across my fiddle before
that very man; and yet I'll stake my Cremona to a Jew's trump,
which is the greatest musical odds that ever were laid, that I
will this moment stop three hundred and fifty leagues out of
tune upon my fiddle, without punishing one single nerve that
belongs to him--Twaddle diddle, tweddle diddle,--twiddle
diddle,--twoddle diddle,--twuddle diddle,--prut
trut--krish--krash--krush.--I've undone you, Sir,--but you see
he's no worse,--and was Apollo to take his fiddle after me, he
can make him no better.

" Diddle diddle, diddle diddle, diddle diddle--hum--dum--drum."

Sterne, Tristram Shandy

old time conceptualism Jean Luc Godard Antonioni Antonioni

In the early 1970s I made a series of works around Rhode Island
School of Design in Providence, including conceptual films;
several of these were based on a road up to College Hill. I
stood at the top, shooting towards oncoming traffic, using the
zoom to keep the approaching cars the same visual size (i.e. the
same subtended angle) as long as possible. The result is a film
in which the cars appear stationary while the landscape recedes.
Now in this brief maquette, I walked down a sidewalk, zooming
in; I then turned around and continued walking backwards,
zooming out. The result of all of this is the appearance of
speeding up and slowing down, yet another optical illusion.
Think of this as a maquette for Godardioni Antonard, an
unparalleled filmmaker whose filmstills are above as well.

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Published on Sep 11, 2017
old time concept art, conceptualism, cpnceptualism art
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