The Magic Mountain & Catoptric Device

“We walk and walk – how long has it been now? How far? It does not matter. And at every step, nothing changes – ‘there’ is ‘here,’ monotony of space. Where uniformity reigns, movement from point to point is no longer movement; and where movement is no longer movement, there is no time.” – The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann

“The mind, as monad, was represented as an entire world simply because, through multiple reflections, it had the capacity to represent and imagine the whole world within its bounds. In fact, for Deleuze, monadic space is the architectural idea [of] a room in black marble, in which light enters only through orifices so well bent that nothing on the outside can be seen through them, yet they illuminate in color the decor of a pure inside. …  then monadic interiors are an inside without an outside: this inside is pure, it is the closed interiority, its walls hung with spontaneous folds, of a soul or a mind.” – Baroque Topographies, Georges Teyssot

“There is an outside and an inside, and myself in the middle, this is perhaps what I am, the thing that divides the world in two, on one side the outside, on the other the inside, it can be thin like a blade, I am neither on one side nor on the other, I am in the middle, I am the wall, I have two faces [surfaces] and no depth.” – The Unnamable, Samuel Beckett

 

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