Thursday, March 5, 2009

Einstein and Picasso

"The French philosopher Henri Bergson, in the early twentieth century, formulated the notion that time is always in a state of flux, or becoming, through changes in space, and that fixed concepts of being are patently false. "Thanks to the third dimension of space, all the images making up the past and future are ... not laid out with respect to one another like frames on a roll of film ... But let us not forget that all motion is reciprocal or relative: if we perceive them coming towards us, it is also true to say that we are going towards them" (Bergson 142). Absolute time and space are historical products as are the concepts of "time-space compression" and "implosion," but their mediated and mediating reality is nonetheless crucial to the formation of lived experience."

Laurel Harris
Winter 2003

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