Monday, October 10, 2016

Reminders Unremembered



There is this thing on my phone (most of you probably have it too) where you can list reminders to yourself. I don’t use it well. I occasionally jot down things in it but then I usually forget that I wrote a note and then forget what that note referred to when I do read it.

I’m thinking about this because I’m reading a book on memory, The Art of Memory by Frances Yates. I am interested in the idea, science, philosophic questions related to memory and the retrieval of it. For someone who is so interested in it, I have a really bizarre memory. I remember some things so clearly while others I really have no desire or imprint to recall.

I was thinking today how my instinct to jot down a note on my phone or on a slip of paper is a means in which I allow myself to forget. Once expelled from brain and jotted down, I can move on. Perhaps that’s a coping mechanism or a subconscious permission slip to be uncurious. I’m not sure but today I thought to look at this list on my phone and reading through it I couldn’t help but laugh at myself. Laugh at how much the notes did and didn’t trigger recollection of what it was for; its need or where I was in life when I wrote it.  

In a way, this is a bit revealing. I have also been thinking about this too, the strange dances and performances, I/You/We do in revealing ourselves to ourselves and to each other. That whole thing is a bit cringe but it is also ridiculous so I feel relatively safe that it won’t reveal anything actually so what’s there to lose?

I love looking at other people’s notes, lists, jots and markers on a page, gum wrapper, or ballpoint ink on the hand. I love the idea that something is important but also easily forgettable and our quirks and habits in trying to remember/forget both of those things is endearing and at times revealing.

From the looks of it, this list goes back a few years. As I said, I don’t use it often because I forget I have it most the time… well without further ado here goes (Spelling mistakes etc. left uncorrected. Some addresses and emails omitted for privacy of third party):

-       Schopenhauer world as will and idea
-       Wh auden
-       Edward levee. Suicide
-       Geore Oppeny
-       Henri Bergson creative evolution
-       Alfred jarry ubu roi
-       Bach c minor sonata violin christian tetzlaff
-       Tulume mexico
-       Animal architecture
-       Xenophon – march of the ten thousand
-       Nyc 219”x10 feet
-       Kiliam perfume
-       Hildegard von bingen
-       Falling angels
-       Orestia
-       Catullus and horace
-       Money spider webs
-       Albert york show davis and langdale gallery
-       Fallen angels
-       Fourteen nineteen
-       Green river cem
-       Through improvisation there is no failure- hypothesis
-       Jerry lewis branding. Success money kings of comedy adoptiok rejection. Charles lim scientist or theor. Affirnation sign of success. Photo. $ affirmation auccess.
-       Melting tiger lily
-       Baudelaire flowers of evil
-       What the use of dissonance?
-       Warhol “silver was narcissism-mirrors were backed with silver”
-       Silas marner george elliot
-       Adorno aesthetic thory
-       Art is funny show
-       Painting as form of bosy human emotional connection
-       Perly gates of cyber space
-       Allen ruppersburg
-       I have a drinking problem
-       Eugene (address omitted)
-       Wilthsire farmers market s Vermont ave and Wilshire blvd
-       Farmer market 6333 west 3rd st
-       Turrell. We create the reality which we live
-       Mary corse
-       Netsuke
-       Tony matelli ff
-       Erewhone
-       A box with fur and story headphones
-       Performance of female porn sounds. Words
-       Mercado wrapped goods in tarp
-       Balloons in a corner
-       Buy table T mercado when it is wrapped
-       Water lover luce
-       Muay thai boxing
-       Make a book about art world stats. Consensus
-       Jean Cocteau
-       30 x 4 : 8x8 : 50.5
-       Jeremy parker
-       Norm heather
-       Pc music alex cook
-       Heads up
-       (email omitted)
-       Driads
-       2 ravens odin though memory
-       Espn jeers show
-       (number omitted) max
-       Fishion herb center
-       Groove is in the hall
-       Idea of teeth and mouth in surrealism
-       1311 pacific st 402 between nostrand and new york ave
-       Nostaligia is the handmaiden of fascism. Mary Gordon.
-       (email omitted)
-       (email omitted)
-       Open office
-       I reflected that culture was simply the condition that precluded a mentality that tried to measure it. Adorno
-       Jean Etienne leotard. Trome l’oil
-       Food and art  food in art
-       (email omitted)
-       (email omitted)
-       (email omitted)
-       Bookworm podcast
-       Hsbc pin phone (number omitted)
-       The cell hackney
-       (email omitted)
-       Uk numb 074 3890 5355
-       (email omitted)
-       3 crown. Jack. Rohit.
-       Sad funny ironic is all i have
-       Horace (number omitted)
-       (email omitted)
-       (email omitted)
-       (email omitted)
-       (email omitted)
-       In praise of folly. Erasmus rotterdamn
-       Holbein the ambassadors
-       Its not a head it's the middle of a tree. “Or something”
-       Chris french. Population stereotypes.
-       sklhcvxf
-       Movie about Cambodian killers reenacting memory “the act of killing”
-       Jo rm 203
-       (email omitted)
-       Café des spores, hoopla geiss, colonel, le wine bar du sablon marolles, le clan belges, pei & mei.
-       House of vintage. Brick lane. Archive. Paddington
-       (email omitted)
-       (number omitted)
-       Norwegian slow tv
-       Feelings affect emotion
-       Simulation of desire
-       Whitehead. (Chang) speculative ecology
-       Decadence. Bosch. Collective. Hooror vacui. Synthenetics. Voice primary. Catherdral of sound
-       The hand. Feelings. Grasping. Known one as well as back of. Focus on research? Aesthetics of and past current art examples? Limbless in greek art. What dows that mean?
-       (email omitted)
-       They call me an investor of the arts. The dark art
-       Meipai
-       Camden art center
-       27.2
-       258 bus
-       Le Chartier commi food
-       You sound sad 3x
-       5164 (6 page)
-       Johannes painter yellow beard glasses. Rebecca lived in a flat till 2009. Was here for 6 months after opening. Leave as is. Artists/cyratirs stay only 2nd time used. Left as is. 3 bedrooms.
-       791 cerdit
-       24/7 book carey
-       166 wide 182 back wall 9 feet high
-       Moving sickness (prologue) 4 mins
-       Reclining women in art
-       Stendhal