THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS
4’ 10’’, color, 4/3, SD, 2019
Processed by Sara Bonaventura
Sountrack: Handplant, by EVN (Oh Cruel Science, Enklav label)
“Light is the left hand of darkness and darkness the right hand of light.
Two are one, life and death… like hands joined together”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The left hand of darkness
This is a drawing exercise, recording in real time my left hand and a white paper,
the right hand was not holding a pencil but rather adjusting knobs and patching oscillators,
of a Jones Raster Scan, similar to the Rutt Etra Scan Processor, but one of a kind built
by Dave Jones for Sara Hornbacher and powered by Signal Culture.
It looks easy, but it is not so comfortable, rather a process of prosthetization
in which a very familiar part of the body becomes alien, sucked by the uncanny vortex
of the machines, in which we believe to see a glimpse of creation, when two index fingers
touch each others, but the triangulation ends up with a unsettling unity.
In fact I added an idiom which I love, one of the very few things I learn in Mandarin:
孤掌难鸣 meaning something like It’s hard to clap with only one hand
The piece is inspired by Ursula’s novel The left hand of darkness.
“I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my
homeworld that Truth is a matter of the Imagination” Ursula K. Le Guin