I just finished reading Murakami’s book ‘After Dark’. The story takes place through one night, and the narration is through carefully described ‘view points’, like carefully framed camera shots, with one character slipping slowly through a screen and back again. Some of the descriptions of viewpoint take us in and out of the detail, and describe the kinds of perspectives i’ve been talking about in relation to GPS.
“Eyes mark the shape of the city.
Through the eyes of a high-flying night bird, we take in the scene from midair. In our broad sweep, the city looks like a single gigantic creature – or more like a single collective entity created by many intertwining organisms. Countless arteries stretch to the ends of its elusive body, circulating a continuous supply of fresh blood cells, sending out new data and collecting the old, sending out new consumables and collecting the old, sending out new contradictions and collecting the old. To the rhythmn of its pulsing, all parts of the body flicker and flare up and squirm. Midnight is approaching, and while the peak of activity has passed, the basal metabolism that maintains life continues undiminished, producing the basso continuo of the city’s moan, a monotonoous sound that neither rises nor falls but is pregnant with foreboding.
Our line of sight chooses an area of concentrated brightness and, focusing there, silently descends to it – a sea of neon colours. “