How things build themselves : the river metaphor

Gilbert Durand is known his work on the imaginary, and symbolic anthropology.

He sees things evolving like rivers.

Of course, the game is to use this on whatever you want, like fashions, history, art, events, philosophy or literature.

Here are the words he uses :

  1. Streaming : currents and fountains, sometimes from distant pasts, resurgences, or born from events.
  2. Watersheds : some streams gather, creating frontiers with other streams, some fights can burst.
  3. Confluences : a current is reinforced, valued by other streams, which are like helping figures.
  4. Names : the river is named, typified, characters (real or imaginary) are linked to it.
  5. Banks layout : consolidation (reality, style) happens, come the theoriticians and “second”  founders, thinkers – sometimes with rises and floods : exaggerations.
  6. Exhaustion & deltas : meandering causes derivations, divisions, and other rivers cant melt.

 

Where will you use this, and how, and what can it bring to your thinking activity?

Thanks for reading!

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Passages of Valéry – from prose to verse; from speech to song; from walking to dancing

Paul Valéry plays :

The passage from prose to verse; from speech to song; from walking to dancing.
Le passage de la prose au vers; de la parole au chant; de la marche à la danse.

He found a structure, this “passage”. What is it, an elevation? Probably, right?

He notices something :

The purpose of dance is not to transport me from here to there.

The person who organizes or triggers the passage from 1 to 2 has obviously a will. A will for?

Speech tells details about things, it parcels out things, it labels things. A song adds a freedom-movement, brings other reasons for words, and make them mobile. As does poetry.

Dancing, poems, songs : all are rushing to feed a fire. What fire?

Let’s come back to the passage :

from prose to verse; from speech to song; from walking to dancing

It’s a tool. From A to B, bringing this, quitting that.

Where could we apply it? To other universes? Teaching? Photography?

What about meta? What would be the passage from prose to verse to (up again)?

Thanks for reading!

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What moves forward continuously/by stages

What moves forward continuously or by stages : a structure to watch for a moment.

  • Does it move continuously or by stages all the time, continually?
  • Do we find interruptions in the movement?
  • Or plateaux?
  • What about crescendoes & decrescendoes?
  • What about accelerations in the movement? What types?
  • Are stages announced by a sign?
  • Do we have to prepare for each?
  • Is the movement propelled, or does the movement energy comes from the inside?
  • Is the movement linked with a blossom, a sheaf? Division?
  • What about a combination of movements, like moving forward AND climbing?
  • What about competition between two movements, side by side?
  • Are stages just a growing, or a change of nature?

 

Where do we follow this? Music structures? Growing of plants, or animals? Geology? Revolutions, or other social movements? Love or lost of love? What kind of becomings do we find? Adulthood?

Thanks for reading!

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After / Other / Anti

This is a little triple-branched structure I propose you, as a set of leverages or as a dial. Weapon of choice.

Take progress, change, movement. I give you three roads :

  1. AFTER
  2. OTHER
  3. ANTI

 

Well that’s easy :

  1. You move forward on the same road.
  2. Or you change what you’re doing (or the way you move).
  3. Or you attack the ancient road.

 

Mmmhh. It’s something any artist thought about. Knowing the old masters, he can :

  1. Start from where they are and go further.
  2. Do something else (disruption?).
  3. Do the contrary.

 

It’s a funny toolset, right? My pencil case…

Where will I put it? What’s the ground here? Changes? Choices? Decisions? Movement? Avant-Garde? Invention?

Then, where to apply? Marketing? Art? Poetry? Teaching? Management? Science?

Thanks for reading!

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Movements in a line (and amounts of possibles)