The header- t[h]e [ear] of the duck- is my adaptation of the phrase “the eye of the duck” used analogously by David Lynch to identify a crucial moment in his films, the scene that truly captures the essence of the work.
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The duck, which under cursory inspection doesn’t appear to have the anatomical wherewithal to detect sound, seems suitably emblematic of a research that is concerned with, amongst other things, the nature of listening within the ocularcentric paradigm of Contemporary Art Practice.
“I sort of go by a duck when I work on a film because if you study a duck, you’ll see certain things…And the key to the whole duck is the eye and where the eye is placed. And it has to be placed in the head and it’s the most detailed, and it’s like a little jewel…So when you’re working on a film, a lot of times you can get the bill and the legs and the body and everything, but this eye of the duck is a certain scene, this jewel, that if it’s there, it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s just fantastic.” David Lynch.