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mardi 23 avril 2013

Georges Perec : The art of jigsaw puzzles


The eye follows the paths that have
been laid down for it in the work
(Paul Klee, Pädagogisches Skizzenbuch)

To begin with, the art of jigsaw puzzles seems of little substance, easily exhausted, wholly dealt with by a basic introduction to Gestalt: the perceived object — we may be dealing with a perceptual act, the acquisition of a skill, a physiological system, or, as in the present case, a wooden jigsaw puzzle — is not a sum of elements to be distinguished from each other and analysed discretely, but a pattern, that is to say a form, a structure: the element’s existence does not precede the existence of the whole, it comes neither before nor after it, for the parts do not determine the pattern, but the pattern determines the parts: knowledge of the pattern and of its laws, of the set and its structure, could not possibly be derived from discrete knowledge of the elements that compose it. That means that you can look at a piece of a puzzle for three whole days, you can believe that you know all there is to know about its colouring and shape, and be no further on than when you started. The only thing that counts is the ability to link this piece to other pieces, and in that sense the art of the jigsaw puzzle has something in common with the art of go. The pieces are readable, take on a sense, only when assembled; in isolation, a puzzle piece means nothing — just an impossible question, an opaque challenge. But as soon as you have succeeded, after minutes of trial and error, or after a prodigious half-second flash of inspiration, in fitting it into one of its neighbours, the piece disappears, ceases to exist as a piece. The intense difficulty preceding this link-up — which the English word puzzle indicates so well — not only loses its raison d’être, it seems never to have had any reason, so obvious does the solution appear. The two pieces so miraculously conjoined are henceforth one, which in its turn will be a source of error, hesitation, dismay, and expectation [...].
[...] From this, one can make a deduction which is quite certainly the ultimate truth of jigsaw puzzles: despite appearances, puzzling is not a solitary game: every move the puzzler makes, the puzzle-maker has made before; every piece the puzzler picks up, and picks again, and studies and strokes, every combination he tries, and tries a second time, every blunder and every insight, each hope and each discouragement have all been designed, calculated, and decided by the other.
Georges Perec : Life : A User's Manual

Balthus, Le passage du commerce Saint-André, 1952-53, Huile sur toile

jeudi 11 avril 2013

Sindbad PUZZLE à la boutique du Musée Guimet

Après leur entrée dans les boutiques de l'Institut du Monde Arabe et du musée du Quai Branly, les puzzles Sindbad sont désormais référencés à la librairie-boutique du musée des arts asiatiques-Guimet à Paris.
Ce référencement des puzzles Sindbad au sein de ces espaces de vente prestigieux témoigne de leur qualité tant sur le plan esthétique que sur celui de la fabrication. Les visuels des puzzles Sindbad sont extraits de manuscrits prestigieux et sont considérés par les historiens de l'art comme des chefs-d’œuvre de la miniature persane ou indienne.