essays & visual experiments
Textual and visual matter made available in this section is in constant movement. Even if I reproduce here some of my peer-reviewed texts that have been published in open-access journals, I profit from the possibilities of the electronic medium to introduce subsequent developments and enrich my texts with original photography and digital art that is for me a parallel line of thinking on the topics exposed. In other cases, I offer an insight in the fragmentariness and flow of the work-in-progress, as I progressively search to clarify an initial idea.
The site serves me in the first place, not just my readers, as it is a tool of constant rearrangement of my experiments in search of articulation and precision in conveying the meaning both in verbal and non-verbal moods. It is a process stretching over months and years, and for months and years these sections remain unfinished and open. I revisit them in turn, often adding spare sentences or images as they come to me. It is a slow, plant-like growth that characterizes everything that comes from beyond the paradigm. I work with my personal experience, starting from the simplest, the most immediately accessible elements of my destiny, trying to build up complexity and novel insight beyond the paradigm. Whatever is culturally transmitted, also the ability of writing standard academic papers, forms a shortcut and a ready-made. It offers an instantaneous access to other people's experience accumulated and articulated in the past; such experience forms models and provides reusable material. But the access to this accumulated capital is only possible because the risk of the inner exploration had once been assumed. The cultural grows fractally in the extracultural, infinitesimally encroaching over the territories of uncharted, unexpressed experience. At the same time, autonomous exploration and the constant search for the vital stem at the centre of whatever is culturally transmitted permits to overcome the shortcomings of the cultural, the errors of transmission, the lies and delusions inscribed in cultural messages that we go on repeating thoughtlessly only at our own risk and peril.