Have you ever sat very silently, not with your attention fixed on anything, not making an effort to concentrate, but with the mind very quiet, really still? Then you hear everything, don’t you?
You hear the far off noises as well as those that are nearer and those that are very close by, the immediate sounds—which means really that you are listening to everything.
Your mind is not confined to one narrow little channel. If you can listen in this way, listen with ease, without strain, you will find an extraordinary change taking place within you, a change which comes without your volition, without your asking; and in that change there is great beauty and depth of insight.
“I think it’s important to destroy “big” notions like woman, homosexual…. Things are never that simple. When they’re reduced to black-white, male-female categories, there’s an ulterior motive, a binary-reductionist operation meant to subjugate them. For example, you cannot qualify a love univocally. Love in Proust is never specifically homosexual. It always has a schizoid, paranoid component, a becoming-plant, a becoming-woman, a becoming-music.”—“Becoming-Woman,” Félix Guattari
“People say, ‘I’m going to sleep now,’ as if it were nothing. But it’s really a bizarre activity. ‘For the next several hours, while the sun is gone, I’m going to become unconscious, temporarily losing command over everything I know and understand. When the sun returns, I will resume my life. If you didn’t know what sleep was, and you had only seen it in a science fiction movie, you would think it was weird and tell all your friends about the movie you’d seen. They had these people, you know? And they would walk around all day and be OK? And then, once a day, usually after dark, they would lie down on these special platforms and become unconscious. They would stop functioning almost completely, except deep in their minds they would have adventures and experiences that were completely impossible in real life. As they lay there, completely vulnerable to their enemies, their only movements were to occasionally shift from one position to another; or, if one of the ‘mind adventures’ got too real, they would sit up and scream and be glad they weren’t unconscious anymore. Then they would drink a lot of coffee. So, next time you see someone sleeping, make believe you’re in a science fiction movie. And whisper, ‘The creature is regenerating itself.”—George Carlin (via suzywire)
I was wondering if you had a personal or clarifying definition of aesthetics as they concern the filmmaking/art world.
Wow, interesting question. I suppose my aesthetic penchants are based on what I see as fundamental values. Creating mystery, imbuing a strong feeling within a scene and providing a sense of something larger - all these things come from fundamental principles of deign and storytelling. The use of negative space. Concise dialogue. Following commonly understood rules and knowing when to break them. While self-expression is the underpinning of art, communication is what makes it valuable.
Thus aesthetics are about we express ourselves in a way that allows us to communicate with others. It is both the functional component of language and the moving power of what is either beautiful or grotesque.
“Learn that reality is only the product of your strongest beliefs and that is the only thing that makes it seem so solid and so immutable in that sense. Transmute these things by changing your definitions, by changing your awareness.”—Bashar
“Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don’t say that you’ve wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.”—Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Each morning we must hold out the challice of our being to receive, to carry, and give back. It must be held out empty—for the past must only be reflected in its polish, its shape, its capacity.”—Dag Hammarskjold (from his journal)