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Cerith Wyn Evans

Signatures of the Invisible

30 November 2007 – 12 January 2008


30 November 2007 – 12 January 2008

“…How are we to name, to describe, such as I see it from my place, that lived by another, since it is there as another’s view upon me? Here is this well-known countenance, this smile, these modulations of voice, whose style is as familiar to me as myself. Perhaps in many moments of my life the other is for me reduced to this spectacle, which can be a charm. But should the voice alter, should the unwonted appear in the score of the dialogue, or, on the contrary, should a response respond too well to what I thought without having really said it-and suddenly there breaks forth the evidence that out (there), minute by minute, life is being lived: somewhere behind those eyes, behind those gestures, or rather before them, or again about them, coming from I know not what double ground of space, another private world shows through, through the fabric of my own, and for a moment I live in it; I am no more than the respondent for the interpellation that is made to me. The least recovery of attention persuades me that this other who invades me is made only of my own substance: how could I conceive, precisely as his, his colors, his pain, his world, except as in accordance with the colors I see, the pains I have had, the world wherein I live? But at least my private world has ceased to be mine only; it is now the instrument which another plays, the dimension of a generalized life which is grafted onto my own…”

– Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Visible and the Invisible (1964)

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