|Tracking - the art of tracking, its techniques - is not about tracking something, looking at something, looking for something, directly seeking out the thing being tracked. Rather, tracking is about traces, about noticing patterns of disturbance, about looking about, looking around - not at, or for. Its about scanning, about alignments of certain conditions, which imply that something is there, or that something is not there. Better still, that something is there in its not being there - in its being "always and necessarily away in some manner."5 One looks about - French: a bout: to the limit, to the edge, to the brim. One traces: a track, displaced shadows, sheared light, staggered movement - particular combinations, all with implications. If this and that and the other... then... . This kind of looking is never direct. It defers. It glances sideways. It isnšt a focussing, a glare or fixed gaze. It shifts. It shuttles back and forth, between, through - about. De-tecting: weaving-apart - a detective mapping. Tracking is not about finding things. It is about passage, the how of passage, of things which pass, in their passing, and in whose past passes their being: track, trace, transition, transit.|
|Electric bodies, leaving, surfacing, in relief, relieved. I pass. A pass. 'Pass' - as in 'count me out', 'let me be'.
5 Martin Heidegger, Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics. Translated by William McNeill and Nicholas Walker. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1995: 366.