U

Underground

Water

Most depictions of water stop at some conventional and imaginary bottom of some body of water in question. The silty, muddy, saturated space at the bottom of a body of water is often not even depicted as space but rather some kind of solid matter. One of the most enduring mysteries of water is its great presence underground, that water does not only come from above and is moving around across surfaces but also comes from below, rises up.

The surface and the ground of water are somehow separate but also indistinguishable. The notions of underground and underwater dissolve into one another. To explore either we create what we call holes, and these holes have bodies. When we are in water, we are a hole in it and when we dig a tunnel we are holes within the hole of air that we have made. While there are conventions and taboos that lead us away from thinking of material objects as holes in other objects, all matter is essentially a constantly shifting hole in matter than exists in other holes that are themselves constantly shifting, opening and filling in around them as they move. Another way to put this is that whatever “space” “is,” nowhere is it nothing. The notion of underground and water together expressed by this glyph is an allegorical tool for understanding space.

 

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