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    “As Vajra keeps asking, he keeps being referred to more fundamental arts, so that sculpture depends on painting, which comes from dancing, which relies on instrumental music, which derives from vocal music, which springs from language itself, which has to be learned through its grammar.” 
    From manual giving instructions for making painting and sculpture written in India in sixth or seventh century C.E. by Priyabala Shah.
    CAPTION : a sentence or group of words that is written on or next to a picture to explain what is being shown.
    : the part of a legal document that states the court, the names of the parties, the docket number, the title of the document, and sometimes the name of the judge.
    Latin, from capiō; capture, seize, take. Origin of concept: probably short for 'certificate of caption' (taking, seizure). First known use: circa 1670. (Merriam-Webster)
    CAVEAT : a modifying or cautionary detail to be considered when evaluating, interpreting, or doing something
    : an explanation or warning that should be remembered when you are doing or thinking about something
    Latin, from cavēre; let him beware. First known use 1533. (Merriam-Webster)
    Something missing? marked with editorial ‘caveat’ let him beware. Does not follow from BEWARE OF DOG (CAVE CANEM) watchdog roaming behind walls or not negotiated same moment uncertainty done away with this way or that. Alternatives prompt settlement when people expected be present or not and are or not as in case of present in absence. Cf Schrödinger cat: alternatives of dead and alive co-existing in superposition prior to check.
    “When the smoke of tobacco smells also from the mouth which exhales it, then the two odours marry through the infra-thin”. Marcel Duchamp direct attention to all those processes of accommodating separateness of this-and-that and of either/or. Of print and picture for instance. March 1945 issue of ‘View’ front and back cover designed by Marcel Duchamp.


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    Grammar and speech marry through 'infrathin' when grammar sensed in said. Asked what he did for living answered Duchamp (or was it Man Ray?): I breathe.

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    Busy procession misnomer always on time out of time.

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    Maurice O'C Drury recalled Wittgenstein repeated visits to Psychiatric Ward St Patrick's Hospital Dublin 1938. After one of his visits told Drury “the elderly patient /had/ a wide knowledge of music. I asked him what was his favourite instrument in the orchestra, and he replied, 'the big drum'. Now that is an excellent answer; I know exactly what he meant. At later visit, Drury present, patient and Wittgenstein entertaining conversation on Herbert Spencer philosophy. Drury writes: “I was fascinated to see how gently and helpfully Wittgenstein was able to discuss with him. When at one point I tried to join in the discussion, Wittgenstein at once told me to 'shut up'. Afterwards, when we were walking home: / WITTGENSTEIN: When you are playing ping-pong you mustn't use a tennis racket. In 'Conversations with Wittgenstein' in Recollections of Wittgenstein Oxford University Press p140.


    Jan van Eyck ostentatious autograph does not read: 'Johannes de Eyck pinxit' Jan van Eyck painted this but 'Johannes de Eyck fuit hic' Jan van Eyck was here. In company with fellow witness facing and framing spouses as well as themselves in doorway. Door frame within picture frame.

    Inscription replicates wedding of spouses in terms of marriage of media, of picture and text. Cf Duchamp back and front of his one and only single copy magazine printed 1940. Matter of marriage of two parties and of two media writ and pic in wedlock.

    Riddle and rebus challenge comprehensibility reduce redundancy open a window when solved.

    RIDDLE: a mystifying, misleading, or puzzling question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed (Merriam-Webster)

    REBUS: a representation of words or syllables by pictures of objects or by symbols whose names resemble the intended words or syllables in sound; also: a riddle made up of such pictures or symbols (Merriam-Webster)

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    Fuit hic quality to every Wittgenstein remark. Introductory reference to St Augustine in The Philosophical Investigations pertinent. Testimony of confession foreground sincerity. Hiding slightest bit of information corrupt confession single instance of pretense jeopardize deposition. Being in error different. St Augustine was in error but no cheat.


    Wittgenstein remark acknowledge marriage of grammar and speech. Arnolfini Wedding would still be double portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and Giovanna Cenami but no more had it not been for grammar-of-marriage, sacrament of event and remark united in mind of reader beholder.

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    Reader of Wittgenstein remark beholder of Arnolfini Betrothal face author face marriage regardless of author.

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    Words and pictures illuminate by marriage. A rebus looks odd since Western literacy decided wise divide symbol and sense, alphabet from gesture. Do not form a continuum like in East.

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    Words completely embedded in traffic of gestures and at other extreme: propped up solely by words. Domain of overlap where evidence glimpsed.

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