“All classifications belong to this style; they are mobile, modifiable, retroactive, boundless, and their criteria vary from instance to instance. Some instances are full, others empty. A classification always involves bringing together things with different appearances and separating those that are very similar. That is the beginning of the formation of concepts.”
“Toutes les classifications sont de ce genre : elles sont mobiles, varient leurs critères suivant les cases, sont rétroactives et remaniables, illimitées. Certaines cases sont très peuplées, d’autres vides. Il s’agit toujours dans une classification de rapprocher des choses très différentes en apparence, et d’en séparer de très voisines. C’est la formation des concepts.”
Gilles Deleuze, Le Cerveau, c’est l’Ecran, in “Deux Régimes de Fous”.
This tool looks like a game, and it could be a powerful one if you have… “this” kind of brain.
All you have to do is to pick a book with many seeds. Here I chose something about “Great Ideas in Architecture”. You can choose Philosophy, Writing, Cinema, Teaching or Photography.
You then have to pick a few concepts and try to apply them to another discipline, poetry for example.
What could be corridor in poetry ? What about Additive Architecture in movie making ? What could be a grid, or a module, or a base when you write an article ? Pick a tool and use it elsewhere, in a way a movie evolves, or in teaching a class of adults, or on writing your blog.
The number of combinations are amazing. Use the movies concepts on building a training for people in a company. Use linguistics ideas on composing music or thinking about photography. Etc.
Most of the time it will be useless. It can sparkle, though, to a great idea. Watch you steps.
What happens on the border ? Que se passe-t-il à la frontière ?
Astronautes et cosmonautes, when they are over our planet Earth, have a SHOCK.
You know what kind of shock ? They watch the Earth and well, they see something. In fact they do not see something :
“Les frontières n’existent pas”
No borders on our planet. No boundaries at all ! They are only in our heads.
Borders are full of questions. What do you find ON the border ? Checkpoints ? Holes ? Paths ? Gates ? Is a border a line, or a geographic large place (say : no man’s land ?) ? If it’s a large border, is it a whole territory ? Is a border closed or opened ?
Can a border separate different nature-of-things ? After all, ice could be the border between air and water ? Are borders imposed ? Moving ? Inherited ? Natural (river) or built (wall) ? What happens on the border ? Discovery ? Désillusion ?
What happens at the cross of A, B, and C territories ? What are mental borders ? When do we say “Tu vas trop loin” : you go too far ? And what if you cross that border ? Haha ! You’ll see… Tu verras, mon petit.
Tool 1 : It’s always funny to play with a simple concept and to apply what we know to other territories. Where are the borders in the house of a loving couple ? Between an employee and his manager ? What are the way to pass a closed one ? Are there some spécifiques “borders activities” ?
Tool 2 : No boundaries on Earth. These are all given, provided, confered, inside-of-heads things. Apply on some other borders, juste pour s’amuser…