Realities (words/images) in transition. A character from a story having a realization. A forest burning. But, also transitions less obvious. Transitions can be on a small time scale (seconds/minutes/days) or a large time scale (years/eons). Transitions can be experienced (walking outside, the gain/loss of a loved one), or simply understood (historical shifts of power, extinction of dinosaurs, the lifespan of stars). Transitions are abstract—they cannot be put in boxes. A transition is the space between two points, it is the energy that moves [noun] from one state of being to another. All this said, remember, stasis is an illusion created by our minds so that we can understand the world. Nothing really holds still. What is transition without stillness?
One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience. There are always areas of vast silence in any culture, and part of an artist’s job is to go into those areas and come back from the silence with something to say. It’s one reason why we read poetry, because poets can give us the words we need. When we read good poetry, we often say, ‘Yeah, that’s it. That’s how I feel.
the system we call the archive is meant to record and preserve memories of a particular incident at a particular time. yet memories are not necessarily recorded solely at point zero of an incident. it sometimes takes a considerable amount of time for some people to be able to talk about their memories of the disaster and the reconstruction process, and their experiences may be transformed into something else in the future. such phenomena encourage us to consider how an incident is not necessarily about the particular moment in the past when it occurred, but also how, in certain instances, it expands to the present. in this sense, we can say that memories are perhaps still waiting for a future where their small voices will eventually be heard.