Sunday, January 1, 2012

retro-quotes: a series of germane remarks, by others, plucked from all over the place, and from all over the time - #12

"Our mental model is that we look into the future; the past is behind us. I was told that the Chinese see things quite differently: they look at the past, and the future washes over them, which seems to me to be much more sensible. There's a kind of peacefulness in that attitude that I appreciate. You're standing in one place, or treading water in one place, and meanwhile the drift of things is coming past you from behind"

--Brian Eno, quoted in John Hutchinson's "From Music To Landscape: A Personal Reaction to Brian Eno's Video Installation", Place #13 exhibition brochure (Dublin: Douglas Hyde Gallery, 1986)

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