Sunday, April 22, 2001

Bob’s Notes | McLuhan at Fordham with Ted Carpenter, Harley Parker & John Culkin, 20 September 1967

Payday

NOTE:Timing based on Payday archives.


Nov.29/2014  1178057-2-1

(Part 13 at 12:27)

Carpenter: aboriginal sensory order
12:58

tarsiers and lemurs (our ancestors) - bulbous eyes
14:16

tribal man used ritual to upgrade his senses
15:43

medieval reading tables
18:35

the "insane"
19:50

Plato and Aristotle on blessed "sight" vs. mysticism
19:55

Alfred Russell Wallace vs. Darwin
22:40


the visually-biased scientist
23:50

Oppenheimer, Lord Rutherford, Einstein, and Banting
24:30

anthropological examples of pre-literate man
26:40

the eye as transmitter
33:00

primitives smell each other when meeting
34:40


Parker: "to the blind all things are sudden"
35:19

no perspective in today's painting
35:55

Chartes Cathedral ("heels on stone made space")
36:45

"as a girl watcher", girls are becoming more tactile in their clothing
37:23

Da Vinci left out "... to touch is the word of God"
37:44


McLuhan: "apple of my eye" ("keep me on the air, broadcasting from the center of the universe" until after Milton)
38:08

Alice in Wonderland (using all her senses, better than Einstein via Lobachevsky's non-visual mathematics)
39:00

tactile number
40:04

money is tactile
40:16

math is for the non-visual person
41:10

Euclid and Edna St. Vincent Millay
41:33

Aristotle, Plato, and Euclid (visual mathematics)
42:22

logic is visual
42:45

"Bucky Fuller doesn't know he's very literate consciously, and only primitive in his artistic life (his dome is an igloo)"
43:22

Carpenter: on lousy museums concerning African sculpture
43:52

"they fuck up everything" (African masks with mouths open)
45:08

McLuhan interrupts and quotes the Balinese on "no art"
46:11

Carpenter says "primitive art is very tactile"
46:20

terrible art books on primitive art (no verticality)
46:26

Lascaux caves are badly portrayed in our educational system
46:49


Harley interrupts to put down the New York Museum of Primitive Art ("I've eliminated the word, 'Art', from my vocabulary")
47:17

one's Life should make ART immanent ("I might use the word 'creativity'")
47:38

the role of the interval between nodal points today (see John Cage's "Silence")
48:26

McLuhan: on Cage's book ("the total noise of the environment equals silence because you never hear it")
48:51

McLuhan says Parker invented/discovered the interval/rhythm in touch
49:10

sculpture and architecture are audile-tactile
49:51

numbers are tactile, creating intervals not connections
50:13

smell and movement are discontinuous
50:30

says only this audience knows the "secret" of touch/interval and they laugh
50:40

phrases using "touch"
51:09

Harley interrupts with the best definition of "Art" ("the illumination of the environment") which McLuhan corrects
51:25


McLuhan: defines "touch" ("composite - the meeting-point/interface of all the senses at once")
53:12

Culkin didn't understand McLuhan's "touch" (active and passive)
53:23

the European's "tactile eye" (McLuhan cites phrases)
53:51

"touch" is "perpetual change and metamorphosis"
54:39

Culkin interrupts with how the telephone is an exhausting "cool" medium
55:13

McLuhan suggests a telephone experiment for the students
56:00

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