From Space and Culture:
“What makes the urban available to the gaze? Cities are an example of phenomena too extensive in scale to be empirically visible to the human eye in one glance, yet are taken on a sort of visual faith which makes the overall unseeable city part of what Taussig calls a ‘public secret’.”
“Cities have their own way of talking to you; catch sight of the reflection of a neon sign and it’ll spell out a magic word that summons strange dreams.
Have you ever sean the word ‘IXAT’ glowing in the night? That’s one of the holy names.
Or make tape recordings of traffic noise and listen to them at night. You’ll hear the voices of the city coming through, telling you things, showing you pictures.
Sometimes they’ll show you where they came from.”