“Cirilo Bautista’s ‘Telex Moon’ is a difficult read, yet I would describe my experience with it as something that through imagination, went beyond my interaction. I opted to read the assigned pages prior to researching Bautista’s background and what the Trilogy was about to remove any biases that would otherwise affect my translation for the zine.
I found ‘Telex Moon’ to be a piece that conveys messages directly from the protagonist’s stream of consciousness. Although I am aware that I will not be able to fully grasp the meaning of Bautista’s words the way he intended it to be understood, I developed a curiosity towards certain phrases and the way in which he used spacing, sequences, wordplay, and punctuations to carry out his thoughts.”
“I also noticed that these punctuations and Bautista’s ‘quatrain spillages’ contained thoughts in themselves and added to the composition. As an architect, I noticed spatial properties, those that reside beyond human comprehension.
In Bautista’s attempts at redefining written text, I found that these were not chronological but rather in psychological sequence, much like how memory operates.”
Isolation taught me to acknowledge my subconscious as much as the physical world and to recognize the codependence between both domains.
“I started with a printout of the literary piece, and with highlighter and pencil, drew on the punctuation marks and phrases which seemed interesting. This later became a thread and needle to indicate nonlinearity between words and symbols as well as clay models that would attempt to better understand this experience.