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By Shriver L. Coover

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In his prose poem, ‘Paravisual Flooding’, poet Christopher Dewdney calls covert attention a ‘cursor’ 6E0EC031-EC89-4CB1-8099-E91DC492923E that can be moved while the eyes are ‘staring fixedly’. While 38 Creative Eye_005-070 3/8/07 15:00 Page 39 explore the edges of your visual field. What does it mean to be attentive to the peripheries in this way? What is out there? You cannot look directly. At one point there is vision (something seen) and beyond it there is The Edge of the Roof you gaze at the plant, the cursor of your attention moves out to not.

When attention takes over, the chatter of the mind is stilled. Think back to your experience as you drew the 6E0EC031-EC89-4CB1-8099-E91DC492923E peripheries, how the room became remarkably silent. You can 50 Creative Eye_005-070 3/8/07 15:00 Page 51 when you have been able to pay attention. The ability to step aside, to be empty, to disappear, is the essence of creativity. In Castaneda’s Tales of Power the sorcerer told the apprentice to walk for hours in the chaparral, gazing before The Edge of the Roof also remember other experiences in your life, and in your art, him with his peripheral vision, until the chatter in his mind was stilled.

It seems that consciousness is not so sacrosanct, so important to sensation and necessary to function as we’d like to believe. Incredibly, the brain can process and act on sensations well before there is time for our conscious registering of them, yet lets us refer back to the event, and allows us the delusion of immediate participation and choice. Movement and line The camera can capture a fragment of movement. What then do we see, when we observe movement? It is not a fragment. We perceive instead the progressive play of movement.

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