Pollockian Tar Machine

“It is difficult not to wonder whether that combination of elements which produces a machine for labor does not create also a soul of sorts, a dull resentful metallic will, which can rebel at times.” — Pearl S. Buck

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This is going to be…

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… one long, extended scroll down into…

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… the intimate specifics of…

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… this gem stone of civil engineering…

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the tar machine…

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… a deep, exhaustive…

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… visual survey…

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… into valves and gauges, steel and rubber…

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… rust and hydraulics…

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… pipes and pistons…

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… spilling forth viscous, pitch black resin…

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… noxious blobs of aromatic hydrocarbons…

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… complex… carcinogenic…

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… a mixture of phenols and asphaltenes

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… of colloid compounds and viscoelastic polymers

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… as they present themselves in all their…

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… mute carbonic grace…

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… the profane and expressive mystery of the sleeping machine, radiating…

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… a feel of perfidious silence…

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… and emotional bereavement…

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… controlled doom…

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… unspeakable injections…

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…darkness and concealment…

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… heated energy…

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… amorphous rebellion…

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passive aggression…

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… rage…

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… hatred…

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… guilt…

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… brute force…

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… danger…

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… pain…

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… lust…

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… sacrifice…

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… violence…

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Oops… I got carried away by tar machine’s symbolism…

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… “a dull, resentful, metallic will”…

 

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On the subject of mind and machine:

 

http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/5762/cyborg.html

(Illuminating… lots of words, though…)

 

Kraftwerk’s rendition of machine consciousness: Die Stimme der Energie – The Voice of Energy

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZtWvmbKepg

(0:55 min)

 

On Jackson Pollock:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bICqvmKL5s&feature=related

(1:09 min)

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(I took some licence with the colors…)

 

Peter Bies © 2009

5 thoughts on “Pollockian Tar Machine

  1. First, last are my favorites but “Violence” is my absolute fave–GORGEOUS. COLORS COLORS COLORS. You know I how feel about your colors!
    I am struck by the sound that accompanies it in the background of my head–and the silence.

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