• a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.
• something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form: Sutton Place is a palimpsest of the taste of successive owners.
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: via Latin from Greek palimpsēstos, from palin ‘again’ + psēstos ‘rubbed smooth.’
For this assignment, you will select a composition. This can be a writing composition, a photographic composition, a graphic composition, or a musical composition. You will erase parts of the composition: this can be systematic or intuitive. Think of the relation your new composition bears to the previous composition: are you focusing your viewer’s attention on a certain aspect of the composition, revealing structural attributes, highlighting questionable materiel, testing the breaking limits of the previous composition?
You will present the original composition and the erased composition in class next week.