Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Living space and time

Italo Calvino's hidden cities:

... the heart of the city, a totally new Olinda which, in its reduced dimensions retains the features and the flow of lymph of the first Olinda and of all the Olindas that have blossomed one from the other; and within this innermost circle there are already blossoming - though it is hard to discern them - the next Olinda and those that will grow after it.

Also in Raissa, city of sadness, there runs an invisible thread that binds one living thing to another for a moment, then unravels, then is stretched again between moving points as it draws new and rapid patterns so that every second the unhappy city contains a happy city unaware of its own existence.

Marozia consists of two cities, the rat's and the swallow's; both change with time, but their relationship does not change; the second is the one about to free itself from the first.

... the real Berenice is a temporal succession of different cities, alternately just and unjust ... all the future Berenices are already present in this instant, wrapped one within the other, confined, crammed, inextricable.

Are hidden cities VIRTUAL?

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