Jacob Lawrence, "Artist In Studio," 1994
Jacob Lawrence, Artist In Studio (1994)
Can a Game Be Literature?

Mark's Pages

Exercise: in a crowded public space you're habituated to observing, take your glasses off. Now, describe the people.

Where individual features are indistinct, you have two possibilities for depiction:

- Retreat into subjectivity, where personalities and motives belong to your own unconscious.

- Advance into abstraction, where individuals disappear into generality, and you no longer describe persons, but society.

There's a certain sense in which both of these things will inevitably happen simultaneously. Because the unconscious is socially determined, that is, political and historical, you'll be unable to escape the pre-selected possibilities your society has chosen for you, even when you believe yourself to be "free" associating.

Try it, see how far you can go in either direction.