A Remembered Future of Arboreal Encryptions

“I have no idea how to read this.”

Ah, that old familiar feeling. From which I shall flee by forming a frenetically fabricated theory, likely involving some-such gobbledegook as the how Tree of Codes is experienced as a holistic gestalt whose mechanics of expression inverts our programmed preconception of a temporality that occurs in a continuous linear fashion.

That was fun. Now to see if it meant anything.

In Tree of Codes the Present has neither substance nor coherence. Instead each page is the patchwork result of  dozens of future pages trickling through each other to reach you eyes. The Present is directly composed of the Future, rather than our conventional conception of the Present being the the result of Past events. With every page turn the reader has a sense of deja vu from re-reading the same phrases and fragments, which gradually become more complete as the reader tunnels forward through more word strata. The reader is constantly re-rereading, re-witnessing, re-experiencing, re-living, REMEMBERING Future events that have not yet occurred. Yet even as the reader’s proximity to the anticipated phrase increases, the phrase’s coherence decreases. The phrase bubbles to the top robbed of its former contexts, and is now a fragment of Present that is in turn obscuring newly hinted at Futures. It is foreshadowing taken to its logical extreme–we can actually see the future from the observation point of the present.

It would be a futile effort to try and recover a complete narrative from Tree of Codes, but the book still communicate it using a sort of holistic essentialism  Based on the recurrence of words and phrases and their re-emphasis through preemptive memory, the reader can get a sense of what has is important enough to have been repeated and dwelt on and felt keenly. An example from the first fifty pages is how sentence fragments relating to the father figure’s anguish are frequently occurring, so that even without specific details reader forms an impression of what is happening, even if only in the most barely grasped abstract sense. The individual Affects of the micro-event fragments come together to form a gestalt Effect of plot and mood. The simultaneous experiencing of events occurring a multiple chronological points gives the reader and intuitive understanding of how those moments are connected, so that each individual moment is de-emphasized yet contributes to a larger tapestry of events. Perhaps this is what is meant when people describe God as outside of Time.

Imagine if you will Einstein’s rubber sheet of space-time — actually, no, imagine a TEMPORAL TRAMPOLINE, covered in MEMORY MARBLES, each etched with moments and arranged in approximate chronological order at your feet, yet also dispersed laterally. As you walk forward the marbles of the near future bounce up in response to your footsteps, and between blinks you can read bits and pieces of the memories written on them. As you continue forward some of the same marbles rise up to greet you, and are then gradually replaced with new Future marbles while the old ones fall behind you into the Past.


~ by Freddie on March 31, 2013.

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