17th Century Demonic Automaton
The ‘chained slave’ possibly designed and built by the scientific instrument maker and collector Manfredo Settala, took the form of a grotesque painted wooden devil, whose mechanism was activated by the weight of a footfall of unsuspecting visitors to Settala’s collections. The creature was capable of emitting terrifying shrieks while its eyes, tongue, and head jerked to mechanical life.
(From “Engines of the Imagination: Renaissance Culture and the Rise of the Machine” by Jonathan Sawday)
I’m constantly in doubt about what I’m doing, I’m constantly tortured, and that’s why I say happiness is irrelevant. Happiness is for children and yuppies. I’m not striving for happiness, I’m trying to get some work done. And sometimes the best work is done under doubt. Constant rethinking, and reevaluating what you’re doing, working and working until you feel it’s finished. And that’s an interesting point too, that you’ve got to know when to stop. Sometimes there’s a magical moment when everything comes together.
John Zorn (via sonails)
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