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    Looking-glass for checking looks, closed circuit involving nobody else yet often enough registered by somebody else or registering somebody else. Both Nexus and Scena tangled up in self-control open to inspection of ambivalent reflection.

    In motion pictures recurrent scene where spectator afforded access to faked privacy of somebody else look into mirror (slightly tilted to pull off the trick on screen). Velázques expanded on this by suggesting Rokeby Venus not only consult mirror for herself but also checks beholder as in rear-view mirror. Or mirror is window through which Venus from better world caught sight of. Boils down to fact Nexus focuses on transcendence as embedded in material world reflection.

    Scena both different and alike. Screen mirror and window coinciding with painting itself as in Manet Nana. But where in picture passage possible? Cf icon about which would be strange say some part of it opened up to world beyond. Point about Scena is that passage is not to 'a beyond' nor even affording loophole within but rather to 'a before' as in: I knew already. Does not mean lesson learned brushed away easily but that one is stuck for good. Yet there is that 'même'. Cf 'meme' transmitted from one mind to another.


    Manet suggests Nana inspects and spreads herself in full length mirror same shape as picture. Remember Sixten Ringbom in lecture beholder watches Nana from behind two-way mirror. Cf Duchamp Bride tangled up in looking-glass transparent and reflective but intermittently so, glass as much support of narrative as of picture. Glass labyrinth ever as complex as one trapped in it. Reader is that maze.

  • [2003]

    The embedded tableau vivant of Scena does not consider looking-glass only as a surface of reflection facilitating check visual field as in bathroom mirror or periscope but glass itself imbued with recollections and prospects of reflection.

  • [2004]

    Irritated voice: Somebody's been in this mirror before me! Would that be second-hand mirror?

  • [2005]

    Reflections leave no trace yet do.

  • [2006]

    Mirrors fitted into non-reflective environment. Balance cued on orientation among landmarks. Mirrors generally poor landmarks. No force of gravitation organize balance of reflection.

  • [2007]

    Floating around in mirror maze where nothing to touch.

  • [2008]

    Mirrors upset my sense of invariance if bent and tilted uncontrollably.

  • [2009]

    Thought something about myself cannot be mirrored tilted or bent neither deliberately nor accidentally. 

  • [2010]

    Manet tackled double standards schooled in embedded tableau tradition. Did by exploring ambivalence of reflection. Window shopping something of one's fancy spotted glimpse of desire reflected in window. If never happened would one ever learn standards? Only place live in ignorance: is privacy where no mirror of any kind.

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