• tema2020

Friday 3rd January 2020, 8:59

Notes on Cal’s mind map on compression

Today on my way to work, I found crayons, that have been flattened by traffic, the green one closer to the gutter is perfectly intact, the others have undergone physical compression, flattened under the weight of passing cars.

Mangos flattened in the same way

Incidental vs intentional compression

Compression in the reflections of a room full of light wrapping its way around a transparent cone, and resting as a reflected, compressed version of the room - what does this do?

Charcoal being a compression of wood into carbon, by removing water via combustion.

Pressed flower, to preserve, keeps a flower intact- flattening strengthens a dry flower.

A model being a compression of an idea. Scale is integral to compression for me, it’s a reformatting of something to fit in another context, a re-shaping, scaling, intensifying - a book could be a compressed lifetime.

Sand being the opposite to compression, through erosion there is immense dispersal of a decomposed rock. Extension being a contradictory force to compression, one that I think comes up a lot in my work, extending projections of objects or things past what they are often known to be.

Marble offcut was resting on the lawn looks like a rectangular twin to the old wax shavings I scraped off my board and rolled into a palm-sized ball. - thinking of Hootan here too.

Proximity and distance distance of the wax from the hose. -Thinking of jas as well.


Charcoal has been used since earliest times for a large range of purposes including art and medicine, but by far its most important use has been as a metallurgical fuel. Charcoal is the traditional fuel of a blacksmith's forge and other applications where an intense heat is required. Charcoal was also used historically as a source of black pigment by grinding it up. In this form charcoal was important to early chemists and was a constituent of formulas for mixtures such as black powder. Due to its high surface area charcoal can be used as a filter, and as a catalyst or as an adsorbent. GC