How to Disappear Completely

There are no people visible, but their traces are everywhere:  in a basement light left on; in a locked gate; in each orderly and oppressively constructed structure.  These artifacts tell us more than images of people possibly could, but essential gaps remain.  These absences are critical, as much as rests are needed for a series of notes to go from mere tones to music.

Listen carefully.

 

 

13 Asymmetries

Visual information is mostly asymmetrical.  The perfectly symmetrical image tells us almost nothing; it is, at most, an empty tautology.  A small detail – a shading or shadow, a texture, a seemingly random line or boundary – changes everything.  Without this, then nothing.  And if not nothing, then at least not this.

What else could you want to know?