"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
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
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
INDEX TO TITLES OF ARAKAWA'S WORKS
Writings AboutAmerika, 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