Tuesday, October 10, 2006

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---- info ode to the mirror ---





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- wanna see the light?
: first see the mirror......

- mirror, mirour (middle English), mireur (old French), mirer (latin), from mirus: wonderful.

--- mirror: 1. A surface capable of reflecting sufficient undiffused light to form an image of an object placed in front of it. Also called
looking glass. 2. Something that faithfully reflects or gives a true picture of something else.

--- the mirror as a symbol of imagination, capable of introducing reality into different worlds apart that exist simoultaniously.

--- The crystal palace can be a representation of the mirror in some literal contexts.

--- River on mirror (paradoxical, maybe absurd, neo-ancient highlight amber sky info and experimental text-image archive)

--- Sheler and other occidental philosophers related the mirror figure with thought, because of its auto-contemplative nature and at the same time, it can constitute a reflection of the whole universe.

--- “mercury mirror on me, mighty reflection of us all ”


--- Narcissus myth, an analogy of cosmic reflection into human conciousness.

--- The mirror can exemplify the relation between matter and anti-matter.

--- Aranmula Kannadi

Unique type of metallic mirror, produced in the town of Aranmula, in the state of Kerala in India. It is made using an ancient technique that reflects Kerala’s millenary metallurgic tradition. The legend tells us that centuries ago the royal chief of Kerala brought, from Tirunelveli, to the temple of Aranmula Parthasasathy, eight families of masters in the elaboration of arts and craft. This families began the tradition of making this special mirrors by mixing a specific cocktail of different metals and alloyed the result with tin and copper to form the mirrors. This process can take months of dedicated work.

--- Loeffler identified mirrors as magic symbols connected to the unconscious collective memory.

--- "The mind of the perfect man is like a mirror. It does not lean forward or backward in its response to things. It responds to things but conceals nothing of its own."

Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi.

--- “God looking into this mirror, ceases to be mere will, beholds Himself as the Son, His love for His own unity, His self-consciousness, and enters on that eternal meditation about Himself which is called the Holy Spirit. kn . This Holy Spirit, or "Council," is the energy which wakes into being the numberless thought-forms of the great mirror, the immortal or typical shapes of all things, the "ideas" of Plato. It and the mirror make up together divine manifestation.”

William Blake

--- Le stade du miroir

The mirror stage is a psychological state described by Jacques Lacann in his essay entitled "The Mirror stage as formative of the function of the I as revealed in psychoanalytic experience". This state is defined as the instant that a child is able to develop conciousness of his self through having an encounter with his face reflected in a mirror’s surface.

--- “We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror.”

Marshall McLuhan

--- Catotropmancy

The art of looking future evnts and horizons through a mirror.

--- “The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing. It regrets nothing. It receives but does not keep.”

Chuang Tzu

--- The lighthouse of Alexandria

A precious architectural analogy of the mirror figure. One of the seven wonders of the ancient world and built around 300 BC, it was located on the island of Pharos located a few miles away from Alexandria. At night they used fire to enlighten the sailors way back, at day they used a mirror to reflect solar rays, this reflection was said to reach more than 35 miles and still be seen by the human eye. This mirror was considered a really mysterious and hypnotical object for those who could get near to it.

--- “If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation”.

Chuang Tzu

--- Mirror twins

Term used to designate the identical twins that share physical and emotional sensations.

--- “George Foreman. A miracle. A mystery to myself. Who am I? The mirror says back. The George you was always meant to be. Wasn't always like that. Used to look in the mirror and cried a river.”

George Foreman

---“Speech is the mirror of the mind.(Imago Animi Sermo Est)”


---“All action is of the mind and the mirror of the mind is the face, its index the eyes.”


---“The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror.
It grasps nothing. It regrets nothing.
It receives but does not keep.”

Chuang Tzu

--- “A friend's eye is a good mirror.”

Celtic Proverb

--- Magnetic mirror

A specific magnetic field configuration, were strength shows a variable behavior while moving in reference to a field line.

--- “Now we see in a mirror, in darkness; but later we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; but later I shall know as I am known”

Cipriano de Valra

--- In psychodrama the mirror is a mental tool by which the actor imagines himself as another expectator watching the interaction of his character from an extern view.

--- In computing, the mirror term is used to designate an identical copy of some digital data.

--- For some cultures mirror represents true.

--- “The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”

Saint Jerome


“Through the looking glass”

by Lewis Carroll

--- “Alice in Wonderland”

by Lewis Caroll

Alice certainly has met the powerpath of the mirror.

--- "Snow White"

by the Grimm Brothers.

"She had a magic looking-glass, and she used to stand before it, and look in it, and say:
Looking-glass upon the wall,
Who is fairest of us all?".

--- "I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia".

JL Borges

---“A novel is a mirror carried along a high road. At one moment it reflects to your vision the azure skies at another the mire of the puddles at your feet. And the man who carries this mirror in his pack will be accused by you of being immoral! His mirror shews the mire, and you blame the mirror! Rather blame that high road upon which the puddle lies, still more the inspector of roads who allows the water to gather and the puddle to form.”

Stendhal, (Le Rouge et le Noir, ch. XL, Levavasseur, translated C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943., 1831)

--- “Philosophy of Furniture”

by Edgar A. Poe

"Regarded apart from its reflection, the mirror presents a continuous, flat, colourless, unrelieved surface, – a thing always and obviously unpleasant. Considered as a reflector, it is potent in producing a monstrous and odious uniformity: and the evil is here aggravated, not in merely direct proportion with the augmentation of its sources, but in a ratio constantly increasing. In fact, a room with four or five mirrors arranged at random, is, for all purposes of artistic show, a room of no shape at all. If we add to this evil, the attendant glitter upon glitter, we have a perfect farrago of discordant and displeasing effects."

--- “Los Espejos”

by J.L. Borges

Yo que sentí el horror de los espejos
no sólo ante el cristal impenetrable
donde acaba y empieza, inhabitable,
un imposible espacio de reflejos.

Hoy, al cabo de tantos y perplejos
años de errar bajo la varia luna,
me pregunto qué azar de la fortuna
hizo que yo temiera los espejos.

Espejos de metal, enmascarado
espejo de caoba que en la bruma
de su rojo crepúsculo disfuma
ese rostro que mira y es mirado.

Infinitos los veo, elementales
ejecutores de un antiguo pacto,
multiplicar el mundo como el acto
generativo, insomnes y fatales.

Nos acecha el cristal.
Si entre las cuatro paredes de la
alcoba hay un espejo, ya no estoy solo.
Hay otro. Hay el reflejo que arma
en el alba un sigiloso teatro.

Todo acontece y nada se recuerda
en esos gabinetes cristalinos
donde, como fantásticos rabinos,
leemos los libros de derecha a izquierda.

Que haya sueños es raro, que haya espejos,
que el usual y gastado repertorio
de cada día incluya el ilusorio
orbe profundo que urden los reflejos.

Dios, he dado en pensar, pone un empeño
en toda esa inasible arquitectura
que edifica la luz con la tersura
del cristal y la sombra con el sueño.

Dios ha creado las noches que se arman
de sueños y las formas del espejo
para que el hombre sienta que es reflejo
y vanidad. Por eso no alarman.

(fragments of the poem)

--- “It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.”

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
The Picture of Dorian Gray

--- “You've never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.”

Jean Cocteau

--- “A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

--- “Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.”

Kahlil Gibran

“The mirrors of enigma”

J.L. Borges

“…and thus the least things in the universe must be secret mirrors to the greatest.”

“Des espace autres”

by Michel Foucault

“Places of this kind are outside of all places, even though it may be possible to indicate their location in reality. Because these places are absolutely different from all the sites that they reflect and speak about, I shall call them, by way of contrast to utopias, heterotopias. I believe that between utopias and these quite other sites, these heterotopias, there might be a sort of mixed, joint experience, which would be the mirror. The mirror is, after all, a utopia, since it is a placeless place. In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up behind the surface; I am over there, there where I am not, a sort of shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent: such is the utopia of the mirror. But it is also a heterotopia in so far as the mirror does exist in reality, where it exerts a sort of counteraction on the position that I occupy. From the standpoint of the mirror I discover my absence from the place where I am since I see myself over there. Starting from this gaze that is, as it were, directed toward me, from the ground of this virtual space that is on the other side of the glass, I come back toward myself; I begin again to direct my eyes toward myself and to reconstitute myself there where I am. The mirror functions as a heterotopia in this respect: it makes this place that I occupy at the moment when I look at myself in the glass at once absolutely real, connected with all the space that surrounds it, and absolutely unreal, since in order to be perceived it has to pass through this virtual point which is over there”.


--- "
I’ll be your mirror"

Velvet Underground

I'll be your mirror
Reflect what you are, in case you don't know
I'll be the wind, the rain and the sunset
The light on your door to show that you're home

When you think the night has seen your mind
That inside you're twisted and unkind
Let me stand to show that you are blind
Please put down your hands
'Cause I see you

I find it hard to believe you don't know
The beauty you are
But if you don't let me be your eyes
A hand in your darkness, so you won't be afraid

When you think the night has seen your mind
That inside you're twisted and unkind
Let me stand to show that you are blind
Please put down your hands
'Cause I see you

I'll be your mirror
(reflect what you are)

A heroin-caress lyric written around the archetypical totem of reflection, of duality within one, of sky reflecting our eyes and vice verse until the soul’s refresh.

--- "Misty Mountain Hop"

lyric by Led Zepellin

“Why don’t you take a look at yourself and describe what you see…”

“I had originally planned and composed out in standard notation two pages of so-called mirror canons for celeste, and my idea was to play them all, upside-down and backward, so I would have this glittering curtain in the background that would be all mirror canons.”

Harold Budd

“I stare at myself in the mirror and I think, 'Wow, I'm really great-looking.'... I think I'm the greatest, anyway.“

Iggy Pop

--------- CINEMA - MIRROR - TV

--- “The Mirror”

Andrei Tarkovsky

A visual semi-static poem by the russian cinema master.

--- "
Testament of Orpheus"

The mirror functioning as an interface to the ultra world in Jean Cocteau’s film. Thanks to its capability to serve as a dimensional door, Orpheus is able to travel into the land of the death. Cocteau had a deep artistic attraction for the figure of the mirror.

--- The Twilight Zone

Legendary TV series, a mirror reference that shows the permanent interaction between sci-fi fantasy and rational reality. Created by Rod Serling, this narrative anthology has influenced different generations since the 60’s. Episode number 71 of the third season was called mirror and the chapter included a fake Fidel Castro.


--- “Speculum Alchemiae”

The Mirror of alchemy” written by Roger Bacon “Dr. Mirabilis”.

This book constitutes an important reference among alchemy texts. It represents a detailed description of alchemichal work.

--- Magicum eletricum

It was said to be one of Paracelsus’ favorite objects for magical purposes. It had telegenic properties and served as a source of destiny visions.

--- John Dee’s obsidian mirror (speculum).

This highly-polished obsidian was said to be of Aztec manufacture and worked as some type of nierika, a communication path to sacred entities and dimensions. It was brought to Europe during late 1520’s and apparently its now held by the British Museum’s collection. In Aztec cosmogony, mirrors were ruled by the god Tezcatlipoca “the smoky mirror” and its primary use was that of conjuring mystical visions. Scrying sessions of enochian magic were made around the mirror by Dr. Dee and Mr. Edward Kelly his principal assistant.

--- Mirror of art

For the alchemists, it was another name to designate the Primary Matter.

--- “In the kingdom of sulfur there’s a mirror in which the whole world is reflected. Whoever looks through this mirror will be able to see and learn the three pillars of wisdom. He will be wise in the three kingdoms.”

The Cosmopolita

--- For Basilius Velentine the image of the mirror was useful to be able to recognize vitriol’s entire body. “It’s a mirror in which the brightness shows you our mercury, our sun/moon…”

--- Types of magic mirrors

According to Cahagnet in his “Magnetic Mirror” this are some different types of mirrors used in magical exercises:

- The Theurgic Mirror - a bottle of clear water looked at by a child and in which the Archangel Gabriel replies by pictures to his questions.

- The Mirror of the Sorcerers - any kind of mirror or pail of water. The country sorcerer, standing near the consultant, recites a spell and shows him the reflection of the picture wanted.

- The Mirror of Cagliostro - the bottle of clear water is on a piece of furniture, and before it a child, on whose head the operator places one hand and tells him the questions to ask, to which replies are given in allegorical pictures.

- The Mirror of du Polet - a piece of cardboard having pasted on one side a sheet of tin and on the other a piece of black cloth. The operator magnetizes it strongly and places it a foot away from the eye of the consultant who, having fixed his eyes on it, soon sees in it the desired object.

- The Swedenborgian Mirror - a paste of graphite mixed with olive oil is poured on an ordinary mirror and allowed to dry for a few days. The consultant, whose image must not be reflected (he stands at some distance for this reason) looks into it, whilst the operator stares magnetically at the back of his head, and vision takes place.

- The Magnetic Mirror - a round crystal globe filled with magnetized water at which the consultant looks carefully until the desired vision appears.

- The Narcotic Mirror - similar globe but a narcotic powder made of belladonna, henbane, mandragora, hemp, poppy, etc., is dissolved in the water.

- The Galvanic Mirror - it is made of two discs, one of copper and concave, the other of zinc and convex, both magnetized nine times in nine days. The center of the concave is looked at.

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