I Swear I Saw This: Drawings in Fieldwork Notebooks, Namely by Michael Taussig

By Michael Taussig

I Swear I observed This documents visionary anthropologist Michael Taussig’s reflections at the fieldwork notebooks he stored via 40 years of travels in Colombia. Taking as a place to begin a drawing he made in Medellin in 2006—as good as its caption, “I swear I observed this”—Taussig considers the fieldwork computer as one of those modernist literature and where the place writers and different creators first determine the creative common sense of discovery.

 

Notebooks combine the uncooked fabric of statement with reverie, juxtaposed, in Taussig’s case, with drawings, watercolors, and newspaper cuttings, which mix the interior and outer worlds in a way comparable to Brion Gysin and William Burroughs’s surreal cut-up approach. concentrating on the small information and observations which are misplaced while writers convert their notes into entire items, Taussig demands new methods of seeing and utilizing the workstation as shape. reminiscence emerges as a relevant motif in I Swear I observed This as he explores his penchant to inscribe new reminiscences within the margins or without delay over the unique entries days or perhaps weeks after an occasion. This palimpsest of afterthoughts results in ruminations on Freud’s research of goals, Proust’s options at the involuntary workings of reminiscence, and Benjamin’s theories of history—fieldwork, Taussig writes, provokes youth thoughts with startling ease.

 

I Swear I observed This indicates Taussig’s attribute verve and highbrow audacity, right here mixed with a revelatory feel of intimacy. He writes, “drawing is therefore a depicting, a hauling, an unraveling, and being impelled towards anything or somebody.” Readers will exult in becoming a member of Taussig once more as he follows the threads of a tangled skein of encouraged associations.

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