Wednesday, June 30, 2004

the prospector's pilgrimage

No matter where you are I think you always "subconciously" adjust the way you carry yourself to fit in- pretty ridiculous in a town with only a couple of hundred people- they know your not form here. But none the less perhaps you can at least seem comfortable and therefore "non threatening". We had our first public showing of our blog here in Kellerberrin last night. I am showing on a screen in the front window of the gallery every night for an hour so- around 5-6pm - when there is actually a few people around doing there thing. It looked good and a few people had a look. Thursday, Fri and Sat the gallery is open in the afternoons so I'll be showing and working in the gallery for a bit longer then. I'll send you a couple of photos today. Quote for the day..."The goegraphical pilgramage is the symbolic acting of an inner journey. The inner journey is the interpolation of the meanings and signs of the outer pilgramage. One can have one without the other. It is best to have both." Thomas Merton. Its 11.47am and the "Prospector", the train from Perth to Kalgoorlie, is passing by the window of the gallery on its way from here to there. Happy walking.


At 30 June 2004 at 09:18, Blogger Lucy (UK) said...

This is really interesting. I have just come upstairs (I am still at home this morning as I am trying to re-adjust my body after taking my migraine medication) from talking to my flat mate. She is a missionary in China, near the border of Pakistan. We were talking about scale as I felt she would have a much better idea of the scale of landmass that you experience with the time she is China. It is a 4 day train journey to Bejing from her town. Everyday on the train you wake up and the landscape is different but you are still in the same country. When she returns she wants to do a mind map of the town. She did one when she first got there and she wants to see how it has changed. She haws a tendancy to re-name things in the town and because she is influential in introducing the international missionary community to the area these names stick and I got this vision in my mind of another layer, another town existing for this group of people, that offers them some sense of ownership in a place that is so alien.

She was also telling me about an American missionary who uses a technique of locating the village on the map and in the world before preaching the gospel to the inhabitants. She wasn't sure why this would be a good idea. I wonder if it is similiar to what Merton is saying in that in order to assist the inner journey one needs to look outward and beyond so as to help expand the mind to new ideas.

At 1 July 2004 at 06:50, Blogger Ric (WA) said...

Yeah, of course with every new sensation that you filter, one more experiential reference is able to be utilised to locate yourself, not only in the landscape, but also in time. This is the type of mind mapping that your chinese friend is using- overlaying one time manifestation over another in order to concrete an experience between two time and space binary points. Also placing naming facilities on these time/space referentials implies ownership and decrees an individual experience- a place may not have seemingly changed at all to those who have stayed in that place's continuum, but step outside and return and you immediately are looking from an existential position. This si the problem in psychogeographical mapping when you come into a town, how on earth do you take into account the psycho-continuum of that towns inhabitants- you must pay respect to their tangents as they intersect yours. (ps: I love the way this site is beginning to splinter in many directions- many subdiscussions and undercurrents.)


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