Not “Evil vs Good”, but “Chaos vs Order”.
Well, what the heck is this double opposition?
I don’t know.
Many movies are based on Evil vs Good, right?
Let’s make a geometric transposition : Evil towards Chaos, and Good towards Order. Okey?
In a crime novel, the murder brings chaos in the apparatus which is the good society of men. The detective brings back order, thanks mister.
It seems simple, but I thus and therefore automatically choose the contrary.
Order can be Evil. 1984 the book. Or Nazis perfect aligned armies. More : in the new Star Wars, the bad guys are named the First Order…
- I take pliers, I pinch “Order” and I pin in on a tree. Order is straight lines, obedience, conservative, religion, highways, mainstream, social pressure, black and white, perfectly mown lawns, rules.
- I take my two fingers and I grab “Chaos”, where I find colors, invention, freedom, progress in Art, little mountain paths, movements, punk happy gardens.
Well, let’s go on. Imagine a cross-diagram : left-right for evil good, and up-down for order-chaos.
- Evil Chaos : Hell, The Battle of Stalingrad. Revolutions.
- Evil Order : 1984 Society, Fascism.
- Good Chaos : Picasso, Stravinsky : creativity, progress. Revolutions.
- Good Order : “The idea of Norway” – justice, rightful, legitimate.
What else? What do you think? Where does that go?
Everything immoderate is negative… right? Is it only a question of balance?
Paul Valéry, who is a wise man, says that in a society ruled by order, things happen :
- What is sensitive in men can not always be precise (not everything can be measured and put in “order”).
- Order is a burden to people. They have to dream, and invent. Under quietness of order, some brains shake themselves, hopes bloom…
Dispositif : a thoroughly heterogeneous ensemble consisting of discourses, institutions, architectural forms, regulatory decisions, laws, administrative measures, scientific statements, philosophical, moral and philanthropic propositions–in short, the said as much as the unsaid. Such are the elements of the apparatus. The apparatus itself is the system of relations that can be established between these elements.
“Further expanding the already large class of Foucauldian apparatuses, I shall call an apparatus literally anything that has in some way the capacity to capture, orient, determine, intercept, model, control, or secure the gestures, behaviors, opinions, or discourses of living beings. Not only, therefore, prisons, madhouses, the panopticon, schools, confession, factories, disciplines, judicial measures, and so forth (whose connection with power is in a certain sense evident), but also the pen, writing, literature, philosophy, agriculture, cigarettes, navigation, computers, cellular telephones and—why not—language itself, which is perhaps the most ancient of apparatuses—one in which thousands and thousands of years ago a primate inadvertently let himself be captured, probably without realizing the consequences that he was about to face.” (Agamben)
Oh I don’t care what comes tomorrow
We can face it together
Picasso’s Tools for bloggers!?
Nah, not his cans and brushes : Tools for the mind!
Here’s what I did : I picked a great book about Picasso, from Philippe Dagen.
It’s a great book because it’s not about “Picasso’s life”, and it’s not a “catalog of paintings”. He looked for structures, patterns, tools for the mind, and showed how in many aspects Pablo Picasso is a great artist.
I took a pictures of these patterns he detected, and I’ll casually apply them into the blogging activity. You’re free, after this, to apply this toolbox to poetry, teaching, marketing, photography, baking, theater or music composition. Life’s cool, right?
- Discover the modern
- Express by the primitive
- Build until crumbling
- Invent some new codes
- Hold all styles in one’s hand
- Let loom the monsters
- Stare at inhumanity
- Pit against the present
- Never finish
These are terribly pleasant injunctions, right? It shows we can build our own roads, windows, tools and door. It shows we can dare, be casual, open, multiple. It shows we can play, have fun, plug things, juxtapose concepts, dance, be fast, and intelligent, and plugged to the now.
There’s a French/English problem with the word “Translation” :
In English, you use the same word to translate a word (in a language to another language) AND to translate in geometry (which “moves every point of a figure or a space by the same distance in a given direction”).
In French, “to translate a word” is Traduire, and “to translate geometrically” is Translater. Which becomes for nouns : Une Traduction / Une Translation.
I had fun one day writing an article about concepts translations, which is, for example, to pick an architecture concept (“the door”, “the archway”) and to use it in another discipline (in poetry, in photography, or teaching).
I admit my brain is in some places connected like that : as soon as I notice a structure, I want to extract it and play with it around, in… another discipline.
- The idea of verse in poetry would become interesting in photography.
- The form “sonata” in music is maybe something in architecture.
Today I take my magnifier and I realize we could do this “exercise” with other things than concepts.
- Training exercises types
- Out of the box thinking
- Paradigm changes
I know someone who studied how music pedagogy could be useful to language learning. That’s a fantastic idea!
Now this is a subject for an afternoon conversation, right?
If you don’t have a partner for that, read some prefaces or thinkers’ interviews, find the seeds and patterns, and apply them elsewhere.
What is impressionism (art) in teaching? What is a corridor (architecture) in marketing campaign? What is a fade to black (movie editing) in poetry? What can a street photographer bring to a lecturer? Etc.
Have fun. Thanks for reading!
When you write a blog on WordPress, you check your activity from time to time. The website gives you statistics on what articles are read, and from which country.
When you see what is read, you smile : you’re happy to discover that your article is like alive somewhere, possibly putting a little spark in a brain.
Of course we bloggers don’t control anything. Some articles are a hit for no understandable reasons. For example, my ““Become who you are”, is it what Pindar said?” has been read 176 times since I wrote it and I really don’t understand why…
We all know that some ideas come from a combination. Remember? : One book, you’re a student, three books opened and you’re a searcher.
Some mornings I read my stats and I discover that five-six articles has been read within the few last hours. My brain can’t help doing the Geometrical Shape Game :
- trying to find the link between all of them
- trying to invent a new article subject from the combination, or even :
- trying to find a coded message sent by… The Universe.
Most of the time, it makes sense!
(of course, I invent this sense)
And well, it gave me… this article!
Thanks for reading!
There’s always one moment in a month when you want to metablog.
Yesterday I discovered somebody read about sixty pages of this blog, and I wondered :
What did they find?
It seems “constantly random”, but my followers know there’s a structure under. Therefore I metablogged about it :
My sweet will is to share, to invite you to pick tools and ideas, then share again. These are not my ideas, but good ones I found which are worth spreading. Well… I think so!
Dreamread, take your pick. Find an ideatool and use it another way. You’re invited to do your shopping here. Explore more. Use my blog as a table of content. Stealfind what I wanted to say. Bendfind what I didn’t say (and tell it back to me, thank youuuu).
What I like the most, probably, is :
When an idea you find in a blog, in a book, in a conversation, recombines with other ideas you have in mind at the moment.
Recombining. That’s the subject of another article, right?
Thanks for reading!
I often meet/read this question in blogs : “How do I find ideas?”
Most of the time the main answer is “everywhere”. Haha. Great.
My first thought is always : “If you need to “find ideas to blog about”, you shouldn’t blog”. Racing cars are better. You can also shoot flying plates, lift some weight, or train some fleas.
But it doesn’t work like that, I knowwww…
I suppose this happens when one blogs for a reason – to make money, to meet people, to be famous, whatever :
If you blog because of this pattern which is “something HAS TO go out” – the urge of expression, you won’t ever ask yourself how to find ideas, right?
They literally flow out of you, they squirtspatter in your WordPress’s drafts. That’s cute, in a way!
OK I go on : How to find ideas to blog about? Google helps with plenty of good ideas.
My way is to use a reading grid, a reading framework you will use on EVERYTHING you meet, a book, a title, a person, a star, a story : everything. You can use a few, if you like.
For example you can watch the world :
- Historically (“I travelled in this Norway city, which…”)
- Reversely (“10 ways to become fat”)
- Engineerely (“this insect is a machine”)
- Negatively (“sports are for idiots”)
- Paranoia-Matrixely (all I see is crafted to lure me)
- Religiously (a god takes care of me)
- Newagely (the universe sent all this to make me grow)
- Scenaristically (everything could be put in a story)
- Nostalgically (link all things to your past)
- Toolboxerly (well, this is what I do)
My toolbox is made of this : I try to find a framework, a structure, a grid, a pattern, in everything I see. If the structure is already here, I LOVE to share it. As, maybe, a suggestion to do the same, to think.
For example, to notice that Edouard Manet (the painter) and Jeff Wall (the photographer) have a common way to question the public, to notice that Mad Max and operas have many things in common, to find how great artists (Miles Davis, Pablo Picasso or William Faulkner) 1/ push themselves in unknown territories 2/ play with avant-garde 3/ break complex skills because it became to easy for them 4/ find another breath near the end of their lives… Etc.
Well, sorry, that’s all ! Find your grid, frame everything you meet and see under this grid, and ideas will squirtspatter. Apply, watch, that’s it : yeepee!
Thanks for reading! (sorry to destroy English like that)