still important

by Jessie Plotts

I am using a complex process at which I am very unskilled to describe a process at which I am very skilled. In the process of describing the process of painting, I am increasing my skill at html. To complicate the process again, I am using regular English to describe both html and painting languages, so there is a sort of triple translation going on as I learn these things.

Furthermore, I use a html, a process at which I am unskilled, in order to describe the inherent simplicity of painting, and its communicative significance. We don't consider lines significant communicative tools anymore. We have altered lines in service of communication to the extent that we no longer understand the miraculous effect the first scrawl must have had on its producer. I draw a comparison between a line made by some early mark making tool and a line of html text. We cant perceive the meaning of the first line anymore, but when it was drawn a long time ago, and when children draw it for the first time, they know. It is easier for us to see the communicative significance of a line of html text, though at this point this simple gesture (like the sweep of a hand across a board that smears it with paint) is out of date.

Its more interesting, I think, to consider the similarities between the mechanics of a line of html text and of a painted or drawn mark than it is to try to represent a painted mark using html text. I think for many years the goal of such languages has been to mimick what a brush or piece of charcoal can do (the drawing option in the text thing on an iphone), but the translation from html here in sublime to the appearance of this essay as a url is more similar to the drawing process.

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