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Field recording locations (through Feb. 2016)



…a visual trajectory…

…field recordings of the loop…

Horseshoe Project / You Can Never Go Home / Mix Master

Ulin on Flick

23 lanes

Continuous take of PCH

Kinetic Sculpture

Paul Kos

I Walked Every Block of Downtown Dallas


5 thoughts on “Circuit

  1. I think you were telling me about this, right?


    I’m just going to copy and paste my Wikipedia search here, as a notebook…

    Eternal return
    “In the 1984 novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera uses Friedrich Nietzsche’s doctrine of the eternal return to illustrate lightness. In the novel existence is declared weighty because according to the theory it stands fixed in an infinite cycle. This weightiness is “the heaviest of burdens”, for “if every second of our lives recurs an infinite number of times, we are nailed to eternity as Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross.” The inverse of this concept is Kundera’s “unbearable lightness of being”.”

    The Nietzschean Experiment in Waiting for Godot

    Beckett the Nietzschean Hedonist

    Repetition Difference Beckett Derrida Deleuze

    Homer describes Sisyphus in both Book VI of the Iliad and Book XI of the Odyssey.[7][13]
    Ovid, the Roman poet, makes reference to Sisyphus in the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. When Orpheus descends and confronts Hades and Persephone, he sings a song so that they will grant his wish to bring Eurydice back from the dead. After this song is sung, Ovid shows how moving it was by noting that Sisyphus, emotionally affected, for just a moment, stops his eternal task and sits on his rock, the Latin wording being inque tuo sedisti, Sisyphe, saxo (“you sat upon your rock, Sisyphus”).[21]
    Though purported to be one of the dialogues of Greek philosopher Plato, the Sisyphus is generally believed to be apocryphal, possibly written by one of his pupils. In his Apology, Socrates considers Sisyphus to be a wise man he may meet in the afterlife.
    Albert Camus, the French absurdist, wrote an essay entitled The Myth of Sisyphus, in which he elevates Sisyphus to the status of absurd hero. Franz Kafka repeatedly referred to Sisyphus as a bachelor; Kafkaesque for him were those qualities that brought out the Sisyphus-like qualities in himself. According to Frederick Karl: “The man who struggled to reach the heights only to be thrown down to the depths embodied all of Kafka’s aspirations; and he remained himself, alone, solitary.”[22]

    Comparable characters:
    Tantalus – tormented also in the Underworld
    Wu Gang – also tasked with the impossible: to fell a self-regenerating tree
    Naranath Bhranthan, a willing boulder pusher in Indian folklore


    I keep having this reaction that there is something sublime, hellish, or both about the idea of going around and around this circuit…

    Don’t know whether this is valid, but the cyclical and repetitive nature of the circuit keeps making me think of minimalism in music, whether Kraftwerk style or Philip Glass style. I’m not much of an expert in that area, but that’s when the Fujiya and Miyagi piece came to mind for some reason…

    The word “loop” can mean so many things…

    Have you ever used ? It includes a quick way of graphing elevation (i.e. along an exercise route).. I’m sure there are more professional ways… I always find that the rise and fall along Woodall Rodgers are the most dramatic part of this loop, and the descent into the “canyon” along I30 also but somewhat less dramatic…


    1. So cool to be able to look through your links- we’ll have to talk about Deleuze sometime. And I hadn’t heard of Naranath Bhranthan, very interesting! I’m definitely thinking about these sort of Sisyphean traps, Sisyphean tasks. I feel like I am always complaining about this, but cleaning the creek near my house, for instance. Maybe when I say ‘circuit’ I am being a little cynical- like an endless race. Anyway, no, I haven’t used mapmyrun, but I am looking forward to checking it out. And that Fujiya and Miyagi piece is great- I hadn’t heard them in so long. Did the link disappear, by the way? Oh, and about that German wave park- have you been there? My German isn’t very good, and I am curious about the history of that place. Re: Beijing 2003– I don’t recall mentioning it to you, but I did see a little of it. It is interesting, but there is a kind of trend lately with Chinese cinema and long-ish film/video- the concept often more interesting than the actual work.


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