This is a 2010 video re-worked for Chapter 35: The Mast-Head in Isolatoes.
“Let me make a clean breast of it here, and frankly admit that I kept but sorry guard.” (Moby Dick, chapter 35)
Some chapters on the Isolatoes (Moby Dick) project, re-sized and re-designed.
3:The Spouter Inn __ 6:The Street __ 13:Wheelbarrow __ 19:The Prophet __ 22:Merry Christmas __ 42:The Whiteness of the Whale
“…To this medium, lying below the level of the visible, he gives the name matrix, and he begins to follow its activity, which he recognizes as the production not of the gestalt but of bad form, the activity through which form is in fact transgressed.” (Krauss, The Optical Unconscious, p.218)
I’ve reached the letter ‘M’ (Moteur!) in Formless: A User’s Guide by Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss (the catalog for the 1996 exhibition, L’Informe: Mode D’Emploi at the Centre Pompidou). Anyway, in writing about pulse, Krauss refers to some experimental films (see below) and writes:
“What seems to drive the repetitive pulse of one organ dissolving into the image of another is a sense of the erosion of good form, an experience of prägnanz in the grip of the devolutionary forces of a throb that disrupts the laws of form, that overwhelms them. And it is here that Duchamp invents the pulse as one of the operations of the formless, the pulse that brings the news that we ‘see’ with our bodies.” (p.135)