Saturday, January 10, 2009

There But For The Twists And Turns Of Fortuity...

Fig. 1. Patricia Piccinini - The Young Family, 2002

'You marvel that this matter, shuffled pell-mell at the whim of Chance, could have made a man, seeing that so much was needed for the construction of his being. But you must realise that a hundred million times this matter, on the way to human shape, has been stopped to form a stone, now lead, now coral, now a flower, now a comet; and all because of more or fewer elements that were or were not necessary for designing a man. Little wonder if, within an infinite quantity of matter that ceaselessly changes and stirs, the few animals, vegetables, and minerals we see should happen to be made; no more wondering than getting a royal pair in a hundred casts of the dice. Indeed it is equally impossible for all this stirring not to lead to something; and yet this something will always be wondered at by some blockhead who will never realise how small a change would have made it into something else.'

Cyrano de Bergerac (from Voyage dans la lune)

Addendum: In Her Own Words

Patricia Piccinini talking about her exhibition at Artium (Spain)

Your Ears Will Orgasm #26: Sineopolis (MixPod Player)

1. Main Title From Forbidden Planet - Louis & Bebe Barron
2. Apocalypse: Part 2 - Tod Dockstader
3. Mutations - Jean-Claude Risset
4. Bye Bye Butterfly - Pauline Oliveros
5. Melange - Klaus Schulze
6. On The Other Ocean - David Behrman