The Splintered Labyrinth: a proposal (2010)

Cornelius Cardew, Treatise (1963-67), p. 75


Image: Cornelius Cardew, Treatise (1963-67), p. 75

Calvino’s Venice is the Aleph inside-out. The Aleph is the place where all places are – seen from every angle, each standing clear, without any confusion or blending. How might we experience the Aleph? How might it appear to us? As Calvino’s Venice is the culmination of his protagonist’s experiences of the many fictions abound in such an unknowable city, Venice is divided and multiplied to form facets of this singular ‘one’, whilst the Aleph is everything all at once – the Aleph is to space what eternity is to time1.

How do we reconcile these fictions? For this project, KIOSK aim to map the use of fiction in the creation of knowable space – the Aleph and Venice as metaphors for the city-experience – the splintered labyrinth as container of vast possibility and representive of multiple realities, yet entirely un-knowable.

We take our visual cue from Treatise – Cornelius Cardew’s epic 193 page graphic score that eschews musical convention and also from maps and diagrams that draw upon instinctual methods of understanding and interpretation to express vast, complex ideas where language fails, and as with Cardew, where the acceptance of established code is subverted or bastardised.

KIOSK, November 2010

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