Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Of pelagic transition and confusion

With the latest definition of the stage of my thoughts and ideas, I was suddenly noticing it had potential to describe other things too (and can also be used with braudelian framework). This oceanic framework apparently can be applied to other things in this allegorical/equation fashion, as this bears a code that can be used to other areas other than the initial use of measuring surfacing thoughts and ideas.

But the point is, it suddenly became useful to explain a certain thought I’ve been having. I’m calling it pelagic transition the moment when a state smoothly becomes another state, like darkness comes to light, or day to night. There is a moment when one becomes the other, but first I’m thinking about some skills related to this.

A color becomes another, the sound becomes silence and the character grows to become another person. But how does the artist, the musician or author manage to accomplish a perfect transition like this? There’s a binary change when there’s the softest stroke and there’s the plain white. It’s as if there’s a moment when you can’t try to blur the transition no more and just accept the steep step in the transition.

But when the artist is skilled enough to overcome the problem of pelagic transition, it can happen he is so masterly skilled that he can also strike the viewer with what I call pelagic confusion. It means a work of art when definition can’t be precise. I don’t know if the line of shoulders is going up or down, if the note was higher or lower. It’s a baffling thing to see something like this happen, as how can it possibly be confusing. It’s a binary matter, it will go up or down and there’s no way it can be both, but somehow the artist has found a glitch to confuse our minds, and I think it creates a nice emotional response from the viewer. It’s as if the artist managed to reverse his work to thalassic perception, which is a mindblowing achievement, as technically it’s a finished work and therefore a photic piece.

This idea goes to pretty much anything where there are two states close together. For instance, pelagic transition could also be the line between being awake and asleep, and it’s a rather strange place, this narrowed point of pelagic confusion.

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