Longing to Belong: A Handwritten Response

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I am spending most Sundays now ensconced in farm and school work. Freaking ensconced.  Today I have carved out some time to create and reply to my friends for some of the good works they have been doing.  Earlier today I replied to a post by Sarah Honeychurch.

Now it’s Simon Ensor’s turn.

This workflow has been a while in coming and arose out of some help I lent Rebecca Pogue in helping save a Periscope presentation that was set to expire.  One of the tools I used there helped me create a single movie out of a set of smaller files. For those interested in the workflow see bottom of page for the breadcrumbs.

I might write more later about this process, but for now I just wanted to respond to Simon’s post, “Be longing”.  The post begins with Camus and ends with Magritte (“I am not a word”) or is it Nicki Minaj.  Like most of Simon’s work I have to view it slant… to go against the fish’s scales, to find toeholds before I can climb and take time to find more.

That’s why I chose this method of finding meaning by ‘hand’.  I think our handwriting is as unique as our voices and thumbprints.  In fact it is a visual voice especially when you can use tools like the Sync Boogie Board to capture and digitize that handwriting.

Like a good summary, I leave out much that I am sure Simon intended. Much, but I now have a purchase on the face of the post and am climbing steadily around and around.  I am not particularly interested in scaling to the peaks.  I don’t think there are peaks in Simon’s posts, only the fun of finding new ways in and discovering how your own ways fit as well.  In the end doing honor to the writing around us requires us to get down to where we can see the grain in the rock, the fissures intended (or not) for our fingers and toes, the burn of the rope, the cinch of things as we circle around the meaning. We move around the post, not seeking a summit,  just looking for the next place to put our foot and catch our breath.

 

Workflow breadcrumbs

Created handwritten notes using Sync BoogieBoard–> saved each screen and viewed on Android using Sync app–>uploaded to GoogleDrive as an mp4 video with Sync app—>joined 20 short files with MacX Video Converter Free Edition (Windows folk use FreeMake)–>uploaded joined mp4 file to YouTube and added music there. Posted here on impedagogy.com

I have created an alternative version of my reply using a song that I could not use on YouTube and I provide it here as a testimony to how much music matters to the gestalt of a piece.  At least I think it does.

5 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Thank you Terry for taking the time to
    dig and delve into Be longing. It was fun to write and took me to meet characters that I had never imagined before. I like the idea of the word which fights back. I hadn’t thought of Magritte in this only Camus was intentional. I was really pleased with the Minaj appearance – hadn’t been there before. Am now going to take a while to wander around your hand-writing. Interestingly I have been thinking about similar stuff recently via Amy Burvall and Alan Levine.


  2. // Reply

    The juxtaposition of the handwritten note with a digital composition makes for an interesting view/read. Add in the inspiration of connections, and you have a lovely piece that speaks of the heart.
    Kevin


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      The power of text can be multiplied exponentially by visual and audio elements….if done well. Not sure I am doing it well enough to be little more than a distraction.


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    Satie? The music slows my breathing. Works well with handwritten painterly poetry. Sounds complicated the way you made this. So worth it. It took me more than a day to finish reading the post because of distractions but I came back a few times, determined. I like this very much: “In the end doing honor to the writing around us requires us to get down to where we can see the grain in the rock, the fissures intended (or not) for our fingers and toes, the burn of the rope, the cinch of things as we circle around the meaning. We move around the post, not seeking a summit, just looking for the next place to put our foot and catch our breath.


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      Always a measured and considerate response. I get so excited when I see your name here. Perhaps it is overly complicated by the tools I have. The piece of hardware I bought (BoogieBoard) because I like the idea of analog to digital, tactile to electrile. Then I discovered that the Android app that came for free enabled video. Then….well, you know how these things grow. It was not planned but instead allowed. Hoping all is well down yonder. I need to visit your blog and see what you have been about, that I do.

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