quinta-feira, 30 de abril de 2015

Sob outra lógica II - ou das borboletas e de quem as tenta caçar


M.C. Escher, Butterflies (1950)
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Butterflies are not insects,' Captain John Sterling said soberly. 'They are self-propelled flowers.
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Carl Spitzweg, The Butterfly Catcher
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«Suddenly my thoughts were interrupted by the sound of running feet behind me and by a voice which called me by name. I turned, expecting to see Dr. Mortimer, but to my surprise it was a stranger who was pursuing me. He was a small, slim, clean-shaven, prim-faced man, flaxen-haired and leanjawed, between thirty and forty years of age, dressed in a gray suit and wearing a straw hat. A tin box for botanical specimens hung over his shoulder and he carried a green butterfly-net in one of his hands.
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A small fly or moth had fluttered across our path, and in an instant Stapleton was rushing with extraordinary energy and speed in pursuit of it. To my dismay the creature flew straight for the great mire, and my acquaintance never paused for an instant, bounding from tuft to tuft behind it, his green net waving in the air. His gray clothes and jerky, zigzag, irregular progress made him not unlike some huge moth himself. I was standing watching his pursuit with a mixture of admiration for his extraordinary activity and fear lest he should lose his footing in the treacherous mire, when I heard the sound of steps and, turning round, found a woman near me upon the path. (...)»
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A. Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
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(link)
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«'Crawling at your feet,' said the Gnat (Alice drew her feet back in some alarm), 'you may observe a Bread-and-Butterfly. Its wings are thin slices of Bread-and-butter, its body is a crust, and its head is a lump of sugar.'
'And what does IT live on?'
'Weak tea with cream in it.'»
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Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass.

quarta-feira, 29 de abril de 2015

Pensar com outra lógica I

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«"That's the effect of living backwards," the Queen said kindly: "it always makes one a little giddy at first."
"Living backwards!" Alice repeated in great astonishment. "I never heard of such a thing!"
"But there's one great advantage in it, that one's memory works both ways."
"I'm sure mine only works one way," Alice remarked. "I can't remember things before they happen."
"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards," the Queen remarked.
"What sort of things do you remember best?" Alice ventured to ask.
"Oh, things that happened the week after next," the Queen replied in a careless tone.»
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terça-feira, 28 de abril de 2015

Pensamentos II

Ian Edginton (adaptação) e I.N.J. Culbard (Ilustração), A Study in Scarlet: A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel (link)
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"I have already explained to you that what is out of the common is usually a guide rather than a hindrance. In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backwards. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practise it much. In the every-day affairs of life it is more useful to reason forwards, and so the other comes to be neglected. There are fifty who can reason synthetically for one who can reason analytically."
"I confess," said I, "that I do not quite follow you."
"I hardly expected that you would. Let me see if I can make it clearer. Most people, if you describe a train of events to them, will tell you what the result would be. They can put those events together in their minds, and argue from them that something will come to pass. There are few people, however, who, if you told them a result, would be able to evolve from their own inner consciousness what the steps were which led up to that result. This power is what I mean when I talk of reasoning backwards, or analytically."
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A. Conan Doyle, A Sstudy in Scarlet (1887).

segunda-feira, 27 de abril de 2015

Pensamento I - Kafka

Tullio Pericoli, Franz Kafka
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"Não se deve prejudicar ninguém, nem mesmo o mundo, para alcançares uma vitória."
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sexta-feira, 24 de abril de 2015

Flores e liberdade

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“Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” 
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quinta-feira, 23 de abril de 2015

Da Natureza II

Jonathan Woodward (link)
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Humildade

As águas beijei, 
As nuvens olhei, 
Às árvores cantei, 
Na sua beleza. 

Os bichos amei, 
Na sua bruteza, 
Na sua pureza, 
De forças sem lei. 

E porque os amei 
E os acompanhei, 
Não me senti rei 
Na Mãe-Natureza. 
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Francisco Bugalho, in Citador

quarta-feira, 22 de abril de 2015

Da Natureza I

John McCracken, Magic (2008)
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Falo da natureza.
E nas minhas palavras vou sentindo
A dureza das pedras,
A frescura das fontes,
O perfume das flores.
Digo, e tenho na voz
O mistério das coisas nomeadas.
Nem preciso de as ver.
Tanto as olhei,
Interroguei,
Analisei
E referi, outrora,
Que nos próprios sinais com que as marquei
As reconheço, agora.
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Miguel Torga (in Prosimetron)

terça-feira, 21 de abril de 2015

Da Natureza

John Constable, Study of the Trunk of an Elm Tree (1824, Victoria and Albert Museum, Londres)
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«Before this world existed, the holy people made themselves visible by becoming clouds, sun, moon, trees, bodies of water, thunder rain, snow, and other aspects of this world we live in. That way, they said, we would never be alone. So it is possible to talk to them and pray, no matter where we are and how we feel. Biyázhí daniidlí, we are their little ones.»
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segunda-feira, 20 de abril de 2015

Do conhecimento

Nicholas Roerich, Waiting (1927)
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“...the most fun lies in seeing and studying the unknown.” 
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sexta-feira, 17 de abril de 2015

Das ervinhas e das plantas medicinais

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«(...) Porque tenho grãde desejo de saber das drogas medicinais (as que chamão là em Portugal de botica) e destoutras mezinhas simples que qua ha (...).»
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Entretanto, descobri no FB alguns dos desenhos de ervinhas de Leonardo da Vinci (que em 15 de Abril fez 563 anos), de que falava Sarah Affonso (link):

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(c, 1490, link)

quinta-feira, 16 de abril de 2015

Ainda as anémonas

Henri Fantin-Latour, Japanese Anemones (1884, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen)
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Vincent van Gogh, Japanese Vase with Roses and Anemones (1890, Musée d'Orsay, Paris)
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Edouard Vuillard, Anemones in a Chinese (1900-1901)
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Odilon Redon, Bouquet of anemones (Musée de la Ville de Paris, Musée Carnavalet, Paris)
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Piet Mondrian, Anemones in a Vase
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Raoul Dufy, Anemones (1937)
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Henri Matisse, Still Life

quarta-feira, 15 de abril de 2015

Matisse - Flores

Henri Matisse, Anemone and Mirror (1920)
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« Il y a des fleurs partout pour qui veut bien les voir. »
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Henri Matisse, Purple Robe and Anemones (1937)
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Henri Matisse, Pineapple and Anemones (1940, MGM MIRAGE Collection, Las Vegas)
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terça-feira, 14 de abril de 2015

Matisse e Sarah Affonso

Henri Matisse, Anemones in an Earthenware Vase (1924, Kunstmuseum Bern)
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«[...] um dia vi uma de Matisse, uma exposição de quinze quadros pequenos com aquelas flores da Primavera que são brancas, azuis e encarnadas, que se chamam anémonas. Vi essa exposição e fiquei tão maravilhada que, como havia na rua umas barraquinhas com essas flores, comprei um ramo e fui para casa fazer um quadro. A pintura dele era por camadas, para tirar o tom, por exemplo, roxo, ele dava uma camada de encarnado transparente e depois por cima uma camada de azul, mas de um azul flou. Uma técnica criada por ele. Com duas cores dava uma terceira. O que se aprende a ver um quadro! O que eu aprendi com Matisse! [...]»
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In Idalina Conde, «Sarah Affonso, mulher (de) artista», Análise Social, Vol. XXX, 1995, p. 481.

segunda-feira, 13 de abril de 2015

Para a minha sogra que faz anos hoje

Severin Roesen, Flower Still Life with Bird's Nest (1853, Philadelphia Museum of Art)
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«Soyons reconnaissants aux personnes qui nous donnent du bonheur ; elles sont les charmants jardiniers par qui nos âmes sont fleuries.»
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sexta-feira, 10 de abril de 2015

Do acontecimento

Valerie Jaudon, It Happened Tomorrow (2004)
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«Pelo facto de ser absoluto, o presente que apresenta não é apreensível: ainda não é ou já não é presente. Para apreender a própria apresentação e apresenta-la, é sempre cedo demais ou tarde demais. Tal é a constituição específica e paradoxal do acontecimento.»
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Jean-François Lyotard, O Inumano, Considerações sobre o Tempo, Ed. Estampa, 1997, p. 66.

quinta-feira, 9 de abril de 2015

Ainda as montanhas

Nicholas Roerich, Himalayas. Moon mountains. (1933, Nicholas Roerich Museum, Nova Iorque)
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Nicholas Roerich, Himalayas. Blue mountains. (1939)
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Nicholas Roerich, Himalayas (N. K. Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscovo)
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“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”
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quarta-feira, 8 de abril de 2015

Tempos I

Ivan Bilibin, Crimea. Mountains (1916)
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“Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf.”
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terça-feira, 7 de abril de 2015

Tempos

Walter Firle, The Fairytale
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“In a utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected."
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sexta-feira, 3 de abril de 2015

quinta-feira, 2 de abril de 2015

Criar

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“Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a shovel. By virtue of this curious loophole in the rules, any clodhopper may say: Let there be a tree - and there will be one.”
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quarta-feira, 1 de abril de 2015

Da Luz

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In the depth a light will grow,
A silver shine no shadows know,
Like wings unfolding in the sky,
That circle 'round a gleaming eye,
Turning darkness all away,
Even depths will know their day,
For every shadow has its end,
In light! Life will return again!
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Robert Fanney