Tuesday, July 12, 2011

small thoughts for a tuesday

"What is the nature of the search? Really it is very simple; at least for a fellow like me. So simple that it is easily overlooked. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life; to be aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something."

from The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy (1961)

I am thinking often about 'search' V 'research' and how either seem to behave whilst in progress. If you pinpoint a singular moment from the search, you take away it's pretext or subtext, and are left with something - not useless - but a flag to depart from in a new, albeit random, direction.

This element of random occurs so much in terms of the way we are presented with singular images, that narrative often finds itself disrupted and changed on the fly, by the individual, but not necessarily out of choice.

With that in mind, which way do we proceed?