Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art

Objective-Subjective, Inner-Outer

p. 34 Because the elements of style and personlailty make up what is called the periodic characteristics of any work of art, the “development” of artistic forms must depend on their separation from the element of pure artistry, which knows neither period nor nationality. But as style and personality create in every epoch certina definite forms, which, for all their superficial differences, are really closely related, thes forms can be spoken of as one side of art– the SUBJECTIVE> Every artist chooses, from the forms which reflect his own time, those which are sympathetic to him, and expresses himself through them. So the subjective leement is the definite and external expression of the inner, objective element.

The inevitable desire for outward expression of the OBJECTIVE elevment is the impulse here defined as the “inner need.” The forms it borrows change from day to day, and, as it continually advances, what is today a phrase of inner harmony becomes tomorrow one of outer harmony. It is clear, therefore, that the inner spirit of art only uses the outer form of any parituclar period as a stepping-stone to furhter expression.

In short, the working of the inner need and development of art is an ever-advancing expression of the eternal and objective in the terms of the periodic and subjective.

Three Musical Movements- Where is the Fourth?

The novel Hadriana In All my Dreams is separated in Three Movements, which could refer to Musical movements.

Premier Mouvement: 

Chapitre premier: Balthazare et les sept reins de Madame Villaret-Joyeuse

Chapitre deuxième: L’étoile qui n’a brillé qu’une fois

Chapitre troisième: Hadriana sur les genous des dieux

Chapitre quatrième: Requiem pour une fée créole (Requiem: also called Requiem Mass, the Mass celebrated for the repose of the souls of the dead)

Deuxième Mouvement: 

Chapitre cinquième: Le mal d’Hadriana

Troisième Mouvement:

Chapitre sixième: Le récit d’Hadriana

On Wikipedia, I found that a classical piece of music has four movements: “It was customary for the first movement in a symphony to be allegro and in sonata form, the second andante or adagio, the third a fast scherzo or a Menuett, and the fourth a lively allegro”.  


Haiti rebrands itself but getting there will cost more

Recent article published in the Miami Herald regarding Haiti and tourism:


Taking in the scenic streetscape and French colonial-style buildings, Tiffany looked on in awe.

“Crumbling grandeur,” she said of the city known as the birthplace of Venezuela’s flag. “You can tell this was once a bustling city with lots going on, the architecture is beautiful, it’s just falling apart.”

These are the kinds of visitors, Chauvet said the government hopes to attract as it finalizes plans to lengthen Jacmel airport’s runway to allow for regional jets.

“Haiti is not for everyone,” he said. “It is for the experienced travelers; those who will appreciate our uniqueness and the feeling one gets. It’s not for the typical Caribbean traveler that only needs sun and beach. People want to see more.”

Panama’m Tonbe- Another famous story (and song) from Jacmel

From Wikipedia:

Louis Mondestin Florvil Hyppolite (1828–1896) was the President of Haiti from 17 October 1889 to 24 March 1896. He was a career soldier, a general. He was installed as president by a constitutional council.

Hyppolite died of a heart attack while in office, on a trip to address a civilian revolt in the city of Jacmel. A tale of Haitian folklore describes how Hyppolite’s hat fell off his head before arriving to Jacmel that day, something that was considered a bad omen among everyday Haitians. The incident is remembered in the Haitian children song “Panama M’ Tombé”, which is still sung to this day.

The track “Panama’m Tonbe” can be found on the Smithsonian Folkway’s website, Track 203: http://www.folkways.si.edu/TrackDetails.aspx?itemid=24023

United Nations singers performing Panamam’ tonbe (2008)

The Book

Table of Contents

1-      List of illustrations

2-      Acknowledgments

3-      Glossary of Terms

4-      Abstract

5-      Introduction: Alexandra the actress

6-      Spatial narratives

7-      Jacmel historic district- city of portals

8-      Spatial narratives: view in a room

9-      History of storytelling in Haiti

10-  Imagined future narrative

11-  Tourism in the Caribbean and Jacmel

12-  4 days in Jacmel: ‘A time to live eternally’

13-  Project (Arch. Images +Text): The Carnaval Procession

14-  Project (Arch. Images +Text): The Lover’s Lane and Descending Pergola (Staircase into Underground)

15-  Project (Arch. Images +Text): Underneath the Plaza

16-  Project (Arch. Images +Text): Hadriana on the Balcony leads us to the Oath of the Ancestors

17-  Project (Arch. Images +Text): Dreams and Awakenings/ Above-Below from Oath of the Ancestors to Kote yo fè Zafè yo-Where they do their things

18-  Project (Arch. Images +Text): Garden on the Caribbean Side

19-  Conclusion

20-  Footnotes/Endnotes and Bibliography

The highly prized view

Just prior to the building of the house or as it was being built, Brown is supposed to bhabe been brought in to consult on plans for the garden. Brown was brought back after the completion of the house and submitted plans for the groudns in 1772. The house was placed on an eminence as the main perspective from which to survey the surrounding coutryside. Further emphasizing the elevated house as the focal point for views from the namigational paths cut round and through the estate, a large hill behind the mansion convering some forty acres was leveled (on specific instructions from Lascelles), the natural valley was deepend, and the riverStankbeck rerouted to fill the valley forming the great lake. […] Traveling from the house and its direct referrence to the Indies, the garden visitor would then turn round and look back at the house from the other side, the highly prized view represented in a commissioned watercolor by J.M.W.Turner (1798)

Sowing Empire, Landscape and Colonization, Jill H. Casid