HELEN KELLER OR ARAKAWA

Helen Keller or Arakawa 

(Santa Fe: Burning Books, California, 1994)

"Association and memory supposedly stain each object with the hue belonging to it. I am inclined to want to verify this, but wonder how I ever could. The experience of the deaf blind person, in a world of seeing, hearing people, is like that of a sailor on an island where the inhabitants speak a language unknown to him, whose life is unlike the one he has lived."

- Madeline Gins

Praise for Helen Keller or Arakawa

“Autogenous, sui generis … and all that implies inventive. I would even say autogamous, for it has very much its own sex.” Roger L. Conover, MIT Press

“Unprecedented … entails a state of constant beginning. A do-it-yourself manual for existence.” Stacy Doris, Writer

"A kinaesthetic universe whose tactual presence is sizeless.” Mark Amerika, American Book Review

“Regeneration is actually the topic, and all of it leading to the vanquishing of mortality, in the exploratory and celebratory sense this book is so perfectly aimed at, that ‘initial sense of ubiquitous site…’" Mary Ann Caws, JPVA

“Unlike/like every other book, it moves forward/retreats; holds/release; absorbs/rejects; is /is not; s/he/visible-invisble. It is fundamentally a question. Make of Madeline Gins what she makes of her Self (her): playful, thoughtful, arbitrary, arrows suspended in mid-air going where arrows goo, yet unpredictable in their trajectories (on the canvas/page).” Serge Gavronsky, WITZ: A Journal of Contemporary Poetics

Table of Contents

I. THINKING FIELD

II. "PERCEPTION HAS GOT TO HAVE A BODY!"

III. THE FIRST LITTLE BRICK OF SUBSTANCE

IV. DRAW ME A DIAGRAM

V. THE MASK OF FIGURE OR INTERMITTENS CHASMS

VI. I TO I OR EAST TO EAST

VII. SEE-THROUGH LANDSCAPE

VIII. DON'T TAKE ME LITERALLY

IX. EVERY MILLENIUM IS AN INFANT

X. WHAT IS SPACETIME?

XI. THE GAZING OTHER

XII. ERROR

XIII. FIGURES OR CORRIDORS OVERHEAD

XIV. ARAKAWA'S LINE IN HELEN KELLER'S SIGNATURE

XV. MISTAKE ON WHAT SCALE?

XVI. OR MOUNTAINS OR LINES

XVII. A LINE IS A CRACK

XVIII. OFF THE MOUNTAIN ONTO CROWDED VACANCIES THAT DID NOT SUPPORT HIM AS HE THOUGHT THEY WOULD

XIX. THE TEXTURE OF DISTANCE AT POINT BLANK

XX. DIFFERENCE

XXI. BIRDS

XXII. TISSUES OF DENSITY

XXIII. NEUTER GRAPHOS JUNIOR OR THE DINOSAURAL FACTOR

XXIV. THE SHARING OF NAMELESS

XXV. BRAVE LIGHT

XXVI. THE MARCH OF THE TRANSITIVE

XXVII. WHAT HAPPENED WHERE?

XXVIII. FORMING PLANET FORMING

XXIX. CRITICAL BEACH

SOURCES

INDEX TO TITLES OF ARAKAWA'S WORKS

Writings About

Amerika, Mark. "Astrophysical Grammatology - Helen Keller or Arakawa." American Book Review, Vol. 17, No. 3, p. 18.February-March 1996, 

Caws,Mary Ann. ed. Andrew E Benjamin"Madeline Gins: Helen Keller or Arakawa". Complexity.No. 6. London : Academy Group, 1995 

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