April 25, 2010

I like new like you like new. I?

Nice to meet you. My name is Mathew, Mathew Wilkinson.

Hi, I'm Matthew Wilkinson too. Just like you.

Weird. My name is Matthew Wilkinson too, just like both of you guys. I take photographs.

Photographs? I'm Matthew as well. Hi. I have "skills, both technically and interpretationally." It's weird, us all having the same name. There's lots of us.

Skills? I'm vanishing. It's quite nice. I've made some movies.

I like new like you like new. I do like new. Like you.

I tried to make something old new last summer. Foiled! Failed. But I got one scene out of it that felt complete. So it's called Horses.

I like new.

Digital version of the now-complete Outremont Manor on this page soon.


Boyda said...

Aah! What to say.

I laughed so hard at the "skills, both technically and interpretationally" classical guitar guy. Also I feel kind of left out and sad that I can't have my own conversation with my Boyda Johnstone friends.

Pointe St. Charles: I love what you do with sound in this (which I can also hear echoed in Mind-Forged Manacles). I can really 'see' the *sound* of pages ripping, and not just because I can occasionally 'see' them - phenomenologically speaking, you see. And yeah! Then you could just read a whole novel by standing in front of a wall or on a ladder, and you would see what is to come and you would see what has passed, and it would influence the reading experience. I don't know if that's what you were getting at there, but I was enjoying picturing it.

Horses: Oh my god, the horse just looks, and charges. I can't even...

Dave M said...

Makes me remember.

When I didn't have any keys.

Now I have keys.

Tomorrow I will have fewer.

Jon Coutts said...

I really liked Pointe St Charles.

And Horses. Wow. Is that keys bit a part of that?

Great stuff. Looking forward to this new thing.

Oh, and very Dr. Seuss like blog-writing lately.

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

I sometimes aspire to a life with no keys. I've got three now.

A teacher at my junior high school always carried a lot of keys. He seemed so sad with that big metal ball rattling in his pockets. Too much responsibility.

I don't think pockets even made sense to me until I was ten years old and realized 'that's where I should carry my pogs.'

Glad you enjoyed Pointe St. Charles.

I'm not sure exactly what keys Dave's referring to, actually.

Dr. Suess? Cool. Thanks.

I just googled you. Read the text and watched the video of 'Five Faces of Graduate Research.'

You could have a conversation with yourself if you talked to the you in the video while you at the computer watched it (making sure you wear exactly the same outfit). Hmm?

You said,
"you would see what is to come and you would see what has passed, and it would influence the reading experience. I don't know if that's what you were getting at there, but I was enjoying picturing it."

I don't know what I was getting at exactly in making that movie -beyond documenting Joel decorating his bedroom wall with the ripped-out pages of a book. But certainly it was interesting, once he was done his hours-long task, to encounter a book not in conventional book-form. Beginning, middle, and end mean something a little different when they are fun-tacked to a wall.

Boyda said...

...there's a video of me??

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

go here:


click "watch video."

Jon Coutts said...

Is that movie of the construction workers high atop Calgary somewhere online? I'd watch that again. (I think it was to Dreams of Ingmar Bergman?)

Jon Coutts said...

weird, my word recognition there was "demons"

Anonymous said...

Did Joel use two of the same book? I mean, he would have to, in order to actually read the book on the wall....I have to ask, because it is bugging me.

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

He used one book, and so he was unable to actually read it. But then, you'd need a ladder to read the first several rows of pages anyways. The book was on the wall for no reason other than Joel decided he wanted to put it there (that's how I remember it at least). In the film he can be putting it up for whatever reason you like.

The coolest part of the wall was two years later when gusts of wind and weak fun-tack had pulled down some of the pages, and had curled the edges of others. It was a wonderful texture.

I miss that wall.

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

it's online at


I can't watch it anymore. Too many dissolves.