Friday, March 27, 2009

Poetics of Space Review Ch8 Intimate Immensity:

(once upon a time….)_

“Immensity and the intimate domain of intensity, and intensity of being, the intensity of a being evolving in a vast perspective of intimate immensity.” Pg. 193

 “As soon as we become motionless, we are elsewhere. We are dreaming in a world that is immense. Indeed immensity is the movement of motionless man. It is one of the dynamic characteristics of quiet daydreaming.” Pg. 184. In our everyday life we focus on the micro aspects and when we are daydreaming we are putting down the magnifying glass and allowing ourselves to loose control in the larger picture and the vastness of the world. Bachelard speaks to this in reference to the immensity of a forest, which is a limitless world, there are no seeing boundaries and there is the want and the desire to go deeper and deeper within this limitless space. Within the forest you don’t know where you’re going, there is no right or left, but there still that inquisitiveness that keeps pushing you forward in the space. An example of this is when Bachelard uses this quote:  “If we do not know where we are going, we no longer know where we are.” (Pg. 185).

“The word vast is a metaphysical argument of which the vast world and vast thoughts are united.“ pg. 192.  Bachelard explains that this quote would best be used in the realm of intimate space, however, you can create an intimate space within the vast realm you are in. Going back to the forest, there truly are intimate spaces within; when standing between two trees, one is truly experiencing intimate immensity

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