Monday, June 22, 2009


Still thinking about masks. Not only does the world see the mask-wearer differently; the mask-wearer experiences a different world. The loss of peripheral vision simultaneously concentrates and diminishes vision. The taken-for-granted richness of a peripheral world is denied. The wearer is doubly 'masked'.

One of the practical outcomes of this (I discovered) is that you bump into people!

And I am reminded of a time in Nelson when I was about four years old. It was the Nelson Mardi Gras and I had a cat mask (much treasured, I still have it). I remember the mask, the swirl of celebrating adults and a steep hill down which intrepid youngsters were go-carting.

Which triggers much thinking about the nature of memory....

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