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Leslie Spit

March 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

It was really nice in the middle of the week, actually it’s been really nice the last several days here in Toronto, so I have been trying to find any and all excuses to bike everywhere. I met up with a close friend of mine down by the water in the east end to go to Leslie Spit, a wonderfully serene spot in Toronto that many friends of mine don’t know about or at least have never been there. The tip of it goes as far as the tip of the Island, but you have to take a ferry to get from mainland to the Island so you can imagine it can go very far. We sat on rocks and ate cold salad and drank Muskoka Cream Ale before I attempted to take photos. I am always so excited to take photos but when I get on location I become so ambivalent and it takes me a lot of self-convincing to get out my camera, especially when it’s cold and windy. But lately I have been trying to get to edges of pain and bodily function, to try to get to the edge to get there, to eventually try to stretch the boundaries. In a very physical sense, spinning did that to me a lot. I miss spinning and the pain threshold limits constantly being challenged at the same time as being exceeded, similar to the notion of negativity that Kristeva discusses and takes from Hegel to mean a previously conceived limit of consciousness that is exceeded but incorporated as consciousness develops.

I’ve been studying philosophy a lot these days, I’ve also been studying French theory and structural and post-structural semiotics. I never realized that semiotics could be so fascinating and so exciting. Maybe it’s because I am getting cozy with Kristeva and she posits that semiotics must be studied alongside psychoanalysis (aka Semanalysis) to create a meaningful study of the subject (me and you and everyone we know) and its process of signification. It feels good to be into this so much right now, I need it.

There is two weeks of the semester left. I missed the second instalment of the Augmented Reality Lab Show, missing my GPS Film in action as an iPod app. I will have to go and see it soon!

Do you want to come shoot with me sometime? Do you want me to take photos of you? Let’s.

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