Synth Perv

Top right corner, green ink, partial underline: probably indicates the topic: synesthesia.

Green highlight of a paper by Peng Yi with Latin phrase (Litterae Pervversae) in the title; right margin inscription: Peversity [sic] & Synesthesia.

Long line down the edge of the page in same green ink.

Green line terminates in bibliographic information inscribed in blue. [Listen to Shape and Warm is a Circle]

The whole page looks like a table top for moving pieces.

page from a conference program - comparative literature - 14th ICLA congress - Edmonton

A Boolean search for “perversity” AND “synesthesia” nets:

An intensive trait starts working for itself, a hallucinatory perception, synesthesia, perverse mutation, or play of images shakes loose, challenging the hegemony of the signifier. In the case of the child, gestural, mimetic, ludic, and other semiotic systems regain their freedom and extricate themselves from the “tracing,” that is, from the dominant competence of the teacher’s language—a microscopic event upsets the local balance of power.

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

Set as an epigraph to “Introduction: Cinema and the Affective-Performative” in Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance: Powers of Affection: Powers of Affection by Elena del Rio

I now return to note how the individual events/papers are packaged in sessions:

  • Plenary Session
  • Cultural Relativism and Conflicts
  • Problematic Identies
  • Inscriptions of Identities
  • Chinese Women in the West
  • Intercultural Contacts

All under the rubric of the 14th ICLA Congress of a Tuesday morning in Edmonton in 1994.

That many of these are concurrent sessions makes me think of time. And enter Sarah Perry with After Temporality, a piece on chronesthesia at RibbonFarm:

Linear temporality (time as a sequential series of experiences) and chronesthesia (time as many simulations of past and future) are not conflicting models. Rather, they are deeply interlocking models that constantly construct each other. They are both illusions, though the way in which they are illusions is different. However, they are both highly functional, and the ways in which they are functional are complementary.

She uses the experience of shopping via a grocery store to illustrate the concepts at play and through this she underscores the opportunities for mental time travel: “I think it’s interesting how much mental time travel is involved in crushingly mundane activities.”

And one more point: “Interestingly, there is evidence that remembering the past and imagining the future are not opposites, but expressions of a unified underlying capacity.”

And so for day 2004

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