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The storyteller

“There is nothing that commends a story to memory more effectively than that chaste compactness which precludes psychological analysis. And the more natural the process by which the storyteller forgoes psychological shading, the greater becomes the story’s claim to a place in the memory of the listener, the more completely is it integrated into his own experience, the greater will be his inclination to repeat it to someone else someday, sooner or later. ” (Benjamin, Page 91)

The Whole is Always Smaller Than Its Parts (Latour, Jensen, Venturini, Grauwin, Boullier)

The name of the paper is a modified cliché sentence and that tells a lot about the paper itself. It begins by arguing that a unit could be more complex than a larger group. For example, people learn in school that a NaCl molecule is more complex than a atom and because people tend to overlook the molecule, sometimes they could take for granted the complexity of the atom.

“If the complexity of individual agents can be observed and handled, why would it be necessary, first, to strip individual entities of all their attributes? Why should models proceed according to the usual way by adding simple rules of interactions between atoms now deprived of the network of attributes they possessed before? And why should complexity be obtained, in a next step, as a provisional whole since it was there at the beginning?” (Page 7)

And by using the concept once created by Gabriel Tarde of the Monad, ”A monad is not a part of a whole, but a point of view on all the other entities taken severally and not as a totality.” (Page 7), they discourse about the idea of using the database of the Internet network as an example that the old ways of structuring society in sociology academia as the two ways of macro vs micro [the one level standpoint’ (1-LS) in contrast with the ‘two level standpoint’ (2-LS)] can go further if it is possible to realize that the connections between micro(s) is so complex that it doesn’t mean that will create a one big macro, but a collection of “mini-macros”.

“To be part of a whole is no longer to ‘enter into’ a higher entity or to ‘obey’ a dispatcher (no matter if this dispatcher is a corporate body, a sui generis society, or an emergent structure), but for any given monad it is to lend part of itself to other monads without either of them losing their multiple identities. “

So, from what I’ve taken, in a simplistic way, is that we are so complexly unique that the groups and connection created by us is maybe just a simplified way for us to be able to connect to more people. So, if this was suppose to be a teen movie, I would say that it doesn’t matter if a certain group of popular kids does not accept you, you can always find others in which you will fit and it doesn’t have to be just one group, you can fit in different ones, in different ways. And if this was suppose to be a film about enlightenment, I would say that each connection we make with one or more human beings are unique and special in its own way and that’s what makes you one whole being. And if this was suppose to be a torrent server I would say the more valuable connections you can make, the closer you will get to the 100% downloaded file.



Project work: A combination of two

Could One plus One become One?

I just found these two videos yesterday… I’ve been searching for a lot of different things in vimeo since November, but I don’t think I was using the correct words. Yesterday, after revising my essay, maybe the right key words came up in my mind… and I found them. It’s a strange feeling of happiness with desperation that someone did something similar before you. But after watching them again today, it is not that similar, so I’m glad that I found them.

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Project work: People who have money

So, this references go beyond my economic possibilities, but they went further than my head could go technology wise. However their concepts seems too much business driven, yet. At least for me it doesn’t feel like they have a soul.

An ipad mirror:

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Way more artsy, but something is missing…

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This one seems incredibly fun, but they are trying to patent the code… after using Processing and PD codes for free, it seems a little selfish…

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Not every art has to be on museums… they could be useful in stores. So, that’s why maybe the people on the video before this one is trying to get money from the code…

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Project work: Similar projects

- This one called “Pulse Mirror” contains the idea of the mirror, but the interaction is not touchable.

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- “It’s You, All the Universe if Full of the Lives...” also proposes a digital reflection which is interactive, but it is based in facial movements.

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- In “Palm Top Theatre” the concept is not the same, but they use a surface called “Pepper’s Ghost” which is used to fabricate the illusion of 3D, in this case. But it is on my list of surfaces that I have to experiment with, once my project evolves further.

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Here is another quote that didn’t make into the essay:

“In media studies, Keller wrote, the Transdisciplinary operation of cultural studies draws on a range of fields to theorize the complexity and contradictions of media/culture/communications. It moves from text to contexts, pushing boundaries of class, gender, rance, ethnicity, and other identities (Media culture 27-28)”

Klein, J. T., 2005. Humanities, Culture, and Interdisciplinarity: The Changing American Academy. Albany: State University of New York Press


Finding Stephen Fry’s English Delight episode about cliché was a pleasant surprise. Not only I could rest my eyes from reading (as said before), but also there were great quotes, like this one by Julia Cresswell that likes cliché so much that she wrote a dictionary about it called “The cat’s pajamas“.

 “The reason why we use clichés is actually they are very efficient. This is particularly obvious if you look at the sort of clichés that is been use by journalists or politicians. So they say a lot more because of their social associations and people’s experience of how they have been used in the past. They build up to very effective ways of getting your own emotions or channeling your thoughts in certain directions. People get so worked up about clichés. And think that they are bad when perhaps they are not necessarily all bad, when certainly they give us a history of our culture, some of them are extraordinary old, some very new.”

So, how can clichés make us connect with each other? That’s the part I am writing now… but that’s exclusive for the essay. This is just a teaser.

Project work: You, me, us, us, us…

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This image is called “Only one YOU” made by the artist Shantell Martin.

So inspired by that image that dialogues with the theme of my project that deals with the formation of your own identity through clichés to connect with yourself and others, I wondered:

If there is only one YOU and only one ME, how many US are there?


And this is her:

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And still resting my eyes and making my ears work… there is part of a song that is written both in English and Portuguese (my two speaking languages of the moment) called “Janta” (Dinner) written and performed by the Brazilians Marcelo Camelo and Mallu Magalhães and it goes: “Will be both us and you and them together (forever)”.

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Project work: What is a cliché?

for my eyes to rest and my ears to work:

Stephen Fry’s English Delight, season 01 – episode 3 (Cliché) for BBC4 Radio:

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Project work: Key words

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Processing + NextText.

Identity – Mirrors – Transdisciplinary – Cliché.

Transform: Letters.

Pause: Practice.

Play: Essay.