I like to read Judith Butler’s feminist political philosophy.  Indeed, making personal media is a kind of performative “excitable speech” where one can (and must) “give an account of oneself”.  But it is Butler’s writing style, which oft-times leaves me confused. 

Here, I choose Butler’s infamous “one sentence” which has been roundly criticized (It won first prize in Philosophy and Literature’s Bad Writing Contest.).  With it, I juxtaposed the 1956 documentary film entitled, Le Mystère Picasso, produced and directed by H. G. Clouzot.  Why? Because both Butler and Picasso are communication virtuosos; one linguistic, one visual.

The reminder here is that words and images are never mutually exclusive.  Words conjure images, and images always conjure words.  And so, my intention in this video is to pose a question of communication choice.  Butler’s logocentric gymnastics, in this case, leaves me scratching my head.  Equally, Picasso’s spontaneous masterpiece of eggs-flowers-fish-chicken-landscape-portrait equally poses questions of verisimilitude.  

My simple question here: When should certain modes of communication be privileged over others?  In my work, I argue that it is best to employ a communicative method similar to the topic communicated. 

In short, consider video first when communicating about video.

Communicate Wisely   2008  (1:04)