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T h e  l i b r a r y (Part I)

A more in depth research was made possible by the vastness of the UAL library. 
I started with a philosophical book that treated the subject of light
not as something that enable to see but as something that is « avisual » . 
Akira Mizuta in Atomic Light evoques different technics and process in witch light was the
main protagonist. He analyze cinema (witch uses light for projection), x-rays (witch light
enable to see trough the opacity of the human body), but he also talks about the role of
light in more immaterial contextes like psychoanalysis.

This book made me realize the strong link that could be made between cutting and light. The
both have a common point: As well as creating a spaces, they also create a negative space.
Cutting create a hole, an emptiness and light creates a shadow, a shape created by light
but  where light isn’t allow in.

This paradox is something I want to go deeper into.

The book that was the most interesting for me about cutting wasn’t a book about cutting. It
wasPicasso Sculptor/Painter. The reason why this book was a  very profound source of
reflexion was because Cubisme is about points of vue cut and rearranged so that they all
co-exist in the same space. So cutting is intact a part of Piccaso’s work. It also lead us
to the question of the point of vue, the angle, the focal point.

Stage design ask these same questions. In the book Stage Design and Stage Lighting by W.
Oren Parker, the author explains the role of light, how it is an actor on the stage too. It
explains very technical things such as the purpose of light (visibility, focus, guiding the
spectator’s attention) but also the dynamicthat could be created by the different angles
and sources of light.

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