Levi-Strauss & Derrida… for bloggers?

Here’s a little tale for your week-end…

Levi-Strauss, anthropologist, in The Savage Mind, talks about two ways, two “Types”.

  1. The Bricoleur, the DYIer who uses whatever he has in hand and imaginatively recombines them to create something new.
  2. The Engineer is more scientific, he has a project from A to Z, he uses rules and knowledge. He builds and he’s serious.

 

The Bricoleur is a savage mind, he steals, gleans, finds “things” and plays combinations games, tries, have fun. He’s casual, right? The Engineer is serious and follows something.

 

Derrida, philosopher, studied all this and wrote later that the “Engineer” is an ideal who doesn’t really exist. He can not be the master of all, he can not be at the origin of all his projects.

  • In a way, every Engineer is a Bricoleur, right?
  • Is the Engineer is a myth invented by Bricoleurs?
  • Are all Engineers Bricoleurs?

 

– Oh, well… I think I just bricoled this one… So sorry.
– No you’re not.
– …

 

 

Thanks for reading!

Bonne lecture et bonne journée !

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Savage_Mind

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structure,_Sign,_and_Play_in_the_Discourse_of_the_Human_Sciences#Bricolage

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bricolage

Bricolage is a French loanword that means the process of improvisation in a human endeavor. The word is derived from the French verb bricoler (“to tinker”), with the English term DIY (“Do-it-yourself”) being the closest equivalent of the contemporary French usage. In both languages, bricolage also denotes any works or products of DIY endeavors

 

Levi-Strauss : 

[He or she] is adept at performing a large number of diverse tasks; but, unlike the engineer, he [or she] does not subordinate each of them to the availability of raw materials and tools conceived and procured for the purpose of the project. His [or her] universe of instruments is closed and the rules of his [or her] game are always to make do with “whatever is at hand,” that is to say with a set of tools and materials which is always finite and is also heterogeneous because what it contains bears no relationto the current project, or indeed to any particular project, but is the contingent result of all the occasions there have been to renew or enrich the stock or to maintain it with the remains of previous constructions or destructions.

 

the engineer is always trying to make his way out of and go beyond the constraints imposed by a particular state of civilization while the “bricoleur” by inclination or necessity always remains within them.

 

  • the “savage” is a bricoleur, assembling patchwork objects by adapting “the means at hand” (by adding, deleting, substituting and transforming them);
  • the “scientist” is an engineer, creating objects “out of nothing,” “out of whole cloth.”

 

Derrida : 

the odds are that the engineer is a myth produced by the bricoleur

 

 

 

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Peter Sculthorpe, Delaware Painter

http://www.petersculthorpe.com/

Classical, meticulous, American. I’m unable to say what I like in this work. Sculthorpe is a good technician. He paints a lot (I found plenty on the web). I think I liked the first one very much, then I searched a lot for others.

Many painters have an “intention” – and we love that! But he seems to want just to show us how it is. It’s so quiet…

Though it looks like photography, there’s something different. A slight something (look at the first one, this night…). Nevertheless, it’s not haunting like Wyeth.

I don’t know. I love the way he loves the light. What do you think?

Have a nice day!

 

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The Hidden Godsend Jubilation

Everybody knows the “Hidden Godsend Jubilation”.

Someone wants revenge on you, wants to punish you, wants to be mean. A manager, family, an enemy, whoever. Acts on this purpose. And well, you’re done…

Bargain! Une aubaine !

But the other one doesn’t know…

  • You can be worried… then find it’s godsend after all
  • You can detect immediately it’s good for you
  • You really don’t care but fake you do, “that’s so awful!”
  • Faint a little, OK?
  • You can be a wise person and accept it, close your eyes with a smile, “so be it” & “Amor Fati”

 

But you don’t tell, right?

Shut the fluke up. If you are up for a little fun, you can look at the person in the eye, for a strangely long time. Like “Ohhh I will suffer for this you know? … … … … … … …”. Wait at least 30 seconds.

But be silent. Lower your eyes. You’re defeated, right?

Ha ha ha!

 

Thanks for reading!

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An empty letter from Madagascar (Silence Treatments Types)

I keep letters (and mails). All of them. It’s like a diary. It’s like traveling in time, being in two persons’ brains, “dialog archeology”, you feel the water under the bridge, too. And if the person died, you can talk with him/her endlessly.

 

I found an old letter in which a friend told me that she dated a guy and lived a few weeks of love before breaking up, because he was too intense, toxic, and jealous. Drama! He said he would left the country to live in Madagascar, and that he will never talk to her again! Then he disappeared…

One day, years later, she got an envelope. From Madagascar. She didn’t open it : it was empty.

She wrote me about her boiling brain since : Was it a mistake? Cruelty? A symbol? A paradox (“I think of you but I won’t talk”)? A “Hello”? In fact, she was so moved that it’s been good to her. It made her think about herself, about life, about him, about moving forward, etc…

 

This kind of cruelty made me think about the concept of “Silence Treatment“.

Silence Treatment always had many faces. And even in the Eighties and before, you already could play with it :

  1. To sulk in a couple (for days, why not)
  2. To disappear without an address
  3. To commit suicide
  4. Abandoned child
  5. Quitting your best friend for ever because he/she went too far

Who does that and why? To manipulate? To forget? Protection? Cruelty? Stupidity?

 

Now we have smartphones and the Internet, tools outnumber old possibilities. You can just BLOCK someone one Facebook, Whatsapp, Skype, Email, etc… – and all pertaining games :

  • you can block the blocker, so there!
  • you can unblock someone, say something and reblock him/her (just to imagine the boiling process – which, beware could steam back… where it can).
  • you can use real mail (paper) to bypass (I love when reality hits the virtual fan!).

 

I know a friend who has been almost destroyed by a lunatic pervert (living on the other side of an ocean) who constantly contacted her, flooded her with love and promises then disappeared for months for no reason, in a loop, keeping her disarmed in a boiling despair for years.

Silence treatment is dreadful (see, I learned a new word!), and we should only use it for protection.

 

Thus I’m back thinking about the empty letter from Madagascar. As an optimist, I choose this (because I choose to think people can’t be “that” mean) : It was a way for the guy to say “I promised I won’t talk to you anymore, but here’s something to show you I think of you, though”.

Awweeeeee!…

 

Thanks for reading!

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Endless Amendments : Reality

There’s a tree, in front of you, while you walk.

Perception. Your eyes send images to your brain. “It’s a tree”.

In a second, you brain has the image, thus the word and the concept linked to it.

You brain has a powerful tool : Analogy.

If it “looks” like a tree, thus you decide it’s probably one. Then you watch and fix, adapt.

Analogy is pretty good for representations, drawings…

If you hear something behind you, your brain computes immediately a 3D-Map of what is probably there. Then your turn around and your eyes fix, amend the “reality”.

Successive drafts, like instant sketches…

Endless Amendments…

 

Yes, it’s splitting hairs the French way, to imagine dials. Donc :

  1. What if a word was a tack? And a strong one…
  2. What happens when our senses send us something else than the tacked word?
  3. How do we know that all these are the Letter A?
  4. Who are those who think with preconceiveness?
  5. Why am I wary of words (as labels)?
  6. What are hallucinations?
  7. Why should we train ourselves to endless improve, enrich, amend what we think we know?
  8. What is movement, here? Haeccity?
  9. What is to plug with possibilities and propositions?
  10. What does “She’s mean” mean?
  11. Really?

 

Have a great day!

 

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Second Fiddles & Leg-up Givers : Chronicle 32

Listening to Mahler, Symphony N4, Szell, London Symphony Orchestra, recorded in… Ohio, 1965.

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“Quitte à être déçu, il fallait connaître…”

Tricky French sentence to translate : “Even if it meant to be disappointed, one needed to know…”.

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Do you, like me, have this trait, which is to believe more in what is written than in what is said?

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In an Art, always search for the second fiddles. 

Thus today I’m interested in Charles-François Daubigny (1817 – 1878), considered as an important precursor of Impressionism.

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We have this word, “le passeur”. Dictionaries says : “the smuggler”, but it’s not metaphorically correct.

I talk about the guy in a bark, who with along a rope helps you to pass, to cross a river (I imagine that in Russia – why? What’s the word?).

This is how I feel here, with my little tools. I find little things in a few domains, I share. It’s not teaching (this is way too serious for me!), just passing, like “pass me the salt please”. I’m a passer, can I say that?

A neophytes a-leg-up giver…

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You should consider reading to each other aloud. It’s an interesting bond. I wanted to blog about it, but you’ll find plenty blog articles around.

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– How do you see the character Charlie Brown?
– Tchekovian
– What does that mean?
– Something like : “Life is a disaster. Let’s try to live”

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Writing about silence treatment, hidden godsends and inventive legitimacy…

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Like in Rogue One, the idea of the one left behind who helps from there…

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How to stay human?

Being generous.

 

 

Have a nice day!

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Peter De Bruyne, Belgian Photographer

http://www.peterdebruyne.com/

Peter De Bruyne comes from Belgium. He takes pictures of his country, or Poland, or USA. And see : he likes to be blurry!

Well, I’m interested in guys who don”t obey. Too dark, too blurry : “mistakes”. Therefore (maybe), there he goes!

You can find you own seeds in this approach (don’t obey rules, do something which seems wrong, insist). You can also think about this : “What does the artist want?”. The mood without the objects? Abstraction? You decide.

Have a nice day!

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