lexicon-scape : brunelleschi, lacan, le corbusier
5 December 2010
brunelleschi, lacan, le corbusier
above is a list of words taken from brunelleschi, lacan, le corbusier : architecture, space and the construction of subjectivity
by dr. lorens holm
. this lexicon-scape follows the same rules as my previous attempt
with 'down and out...' yet with this reading of an academic text, the list builds much more quickly, while my reading of it slows down! hence this list represents just 30 pages of his 250 page book.
off the back of my last lexicocentric post, a friend, ian pollard, has kindly pointed me in two mutually diverse directions. the first, which i shall speak about here, is to the french troupe oulipo
: short for ouvroir de littérature potentielle.
these literarians, poets and linguists, from all flights of thought, wished to create new techniques, tools and machines for using words.
"the seeking of new structures and patterns that may be used by writers in any way they enjoy." Constraints are used to trigger new ideas and the Oulipo group is an ongoing source of novel techniques, often based on mathematical ideas -- such as counting letters and syllables, substitution algorithms, permutations, palindromes, and even chess problems."
- from another blog
as if seeking a new language of grammar, the rules by which words were brought together seem exploratory and fresh; they employed palindromes
and other constraints. i think my favourite is the snowball. here follows a 'melting snowball' poem by harry matthews, in which each sequential word is one letter shorter than the previous.
i imagine this mathematicallesque discipline [or perhaps game?] as a great segue between fields of interest. i imagine the numbers of pupils at school who could delight in these ways of looking at words and prose, rather than the strict, perhaps hard-to-teach methods
which i encountered. i'd love to think that while going through borges' library of babel, one would come across every permutation of these writing styles and an infinite amount of others, unfathomable to our cerebral capacity!!!
[thanks for the reference ian
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