This is the Archive no.I from the Frequently Asked Questions Collection. Follow us to faqonespionage.wordpress.com/
CITIES & THE DEAD I
At Melania, every time you enter the square, you find yourself caught in a dialogue: the braggart soldier and the parasite coming from a door meet the young wastrel and the prostitute; or else the miserly father from his threshold utters his final warnings to the amorous daughter and is interrupted by the foolish servant who is taking a note to the procuress. You return to Melania after years and...
The Reading Room
he Reading Room is a project based in private spaces in Berlin, with the aim to maintain, archive and represent products of contemporary art practices evolving within printed and published formats. The project presents a curated selection of over 50 artist’s publications (books, zines, magazines and newspapers) and related projects (such as fold-out posters or published audio projects),...
Non-Site, Robert Smithson, 1968
CABINET OF CURIOSITIES «An encyclopedic collection of types of objects where categorical boundaries are yet to be defined.» (yet to be defined) artificialia ALMANAC ENCYCLOPEDIA naturalia SYSTEM exotica PERCEPTION LABYRINTH scientifica ARCHIVE SQUARING THE CIRCLE HOLLISM …
Experience - experiment
«Experience as a general concept comprises knowledge of or skill of some thing or some event gained through involvement in or exposure to that thing or event. The history of the word experience aligns it closely with the concept of experiment.» [more]
«In mathematics, a ratio is a relationship between two numbers of the same kind (e.g., objects, persons, students, spoonfuls, units of whatever identical dimension), usually expressed as “a to b” or a:b, sometimes expressed arithmetically as a dimensionless quotient of the two which explicitly indicates how many times the first number contains the second (not necessarily an integer)....
Friday, April 20, 2012 and Saturday, April 21, 2012 Storefront for Art and Architecture ARCHIZINES LIVE: Symposium on Publishing Practices 6 Manifesto Series on: MEDIUM / SPEED / HISTORY / CRISIS / DESIRE In conjunction with the exhibition Archizines, Storefront hosts a 2-day symposium on publishing practices as part of its Manifesto Series. Throughout its...
melancholia (lars von trier 2011)
Melancholia’s first approach and final collision with Earth, as described (and shown briefly in a similar diagram) in the film
entropy (order and disorder)
«In thermodynamics, entropy is commonly associated with the amount of order, disorder, and/or chaos in a thermodynamic system. This stems from Rudolf Clausius’ 1862 assertion that any thermodynamic processes always “admits to being reduced to the alteration in some way or another of the arrangement of the constituent parts of the working body” and that internal work associated...
«Inventory means a list compiled for some formal purpose»
A LBUM (1) by Charlotte Cheetham, published by OMMU / year — 2011 «With the publication published by OMMU, the purpose was to compose a compendium of paintings that inspired this exhibition: from Kunstkammers to Cabinet of Curiosities representations, and finishing with the vanities paintings. To give form to this compendium, to design the trace of this...
«Quipus (or khipus), sometimes called talking knots, were recording devices historically used in the region of Andean South America. A quipu usually consisted of colored, spun, and plied thread or strings from llama or alpaca hair. It could also be made of cotton cords. The cords contained numeric and other values encoded...
«The term heteroglossia describes the coexistence of distinct varieties within a single “linguistic code”. In Greek hetero = different + glōssa = tongue, language. In this way the term translates the Russian разноречие [raznorechie] (literally “different-speech-ness”), which was introduced by the Russian linguist Mikhail Bakhtin in his 1934 paper Слово в романе [Slovo v...
OUROBORUS + MOEBIUS STRIP «Actually, it’s just Escher’s four-block wood engraving print Möbius Band I, circa 1961, which gives the appearance of being both a double and a triple ouroboros/Möbius strip combo: Two loops, two strips; three creatures, three twists.» [more info]
squaring the circle
«Squaring the circle is a problem proposed by ancient geometers. It is the challenge of constructing a square with the same area as a given circle by using only a finite number of steps with compass and straightedge. More abstractly and more precisely, it may be taken to ask whether specified axioms of Euclidean geometry concerning the existence of...
«Most of what is unusual about man can be summed up in one word: ‘CULTURE’. I use the word not in a snobbish sense, but as a scientist uses it. Cultural transmission is analogous to genetic transmission in that, although basically conservative, it can give rise to a form of evolution.» [DAWKINS, Richard, “Memes: the new replicators”, in The Selfish gene, Oxford University...
«There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play. (…) Indeed, the only purpose of the game is to prevent it from coming to an end, to keep everyone in play. There are no SPATIAL or numerical boundaries to an infinite game. No world is marked with...
«An almanac (also spelled almanack and almanach) is an annual publication that includes information such as weather forecasts, farmers’ planting dates, tide tables, and tabular information in a particular field or fields often arranged according to the calendar etc. Astronomical data and various statistics are also found in almanacs, such as the times of the rising and setting of the sun and...
whole earth catalog
«The WHOLE EARTH CATALOG was published regularly from 1968 to 1972, but only intermittently thereafter. During its four years of regular publication, the Catalog earned a reputation, a following, and a National Book Award, the only time a catalog has been so honored.» [more info]
Curiosity cabinet: taxonomy
«Taxonomy (from Greek: τάξις taxis ”arrangement” and Greek: νομία nomia ”method”) is the science of identifying and naming species, and arranging them into a classification.The field of taxonomy, sometimes referred to as “biological taxonomy”, revolves around the description and use of taxonomic units, known as taxa (singular taxon). A resulting taxonomy is a...
[The Holophusikon (or Holophusicon, also known as the Leverian Museum) was a museum of natural curiosities exhibited at Leicester House, on Leicester Square in London, England, from 1775 to 1786 by Ashton Lever.]
[Denisse,2009] «Uma das minhas primeiras lembranças matemáticas, para além da adição, subtracção e divisão, foi a descoberta dos conjunto. Vou recordar para sempre o momento em que a professora desenhou no quadro preto grandes círculos coloridos nos quais dispôs frutos, animais, cores e uma variedade de...
. The alchemist’s laboratory Heinrich Khunrath. Amphitheatrum sapientiae aeternae. [Hamburg: s.n., 1595.].
«Alex: I have reflected many times upon our rigid search. It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past. It is always along the side of us, on the inside, looking out. Like you say, inside out.» [line from Everything is Illuminated, Liev Schreiber, 2005]
” Os recursos digitais estão libertando os livros das restrições físicas e liberando o acesso de todos à edição e à publicação, além de expandirem o conceito de autoria. Os papéis da cadeia do livro - do escritor ao leitor, passando por agentes, editores, livrarias e canais de divulgação - serão redesenhados. Autor 2.0 é um fórum para compreender as novas possibilidades do digital e seu...
The Serving Library Company, Inc is a non-profit organisation established to manifest and model a culture of publishing rooted in the fields of art and design. It enacts this commitment forwards, as a publishing engine, and backwards, as an archiving mechanism, making the circular relationship between the two activities explicit. In the spirit of the first public circulating library, founded in...
obra aberta e descontinuidade
«Daí a função de uma arte obra aberta como metáfora epistemológica: num mundo em que a descontinuidade dos fenómenos pôs em crise a possibilidade de uma imagem unitária e definitiva, esta sugere um modo de ver aquilo que se vive, e vendo-o, aceitá-lo, integrá-lo na nossa sensibilidade. Uma obra aberta enfrenta plenamente a tarefa de oferecer uma imagem da descontinuidade: não a descreve, ela...
With the notion of code, communication becomes simply a matter of recognizing the one-to-one equivalences. With that of encyclopedia, it becomes a matter of tracing out one of all the possible paths that can be taken through the network, rhizome, or labyrinth, and it is for this process that Eco uses Peirce’s term “abduction.” The example par excellence of abduction is the act...
«Elementary ecology texts tell us that organisms interact in three fundamental ways, generally given the names competition, predation, and mutualism.The third member has gotten short shrift, and even its name is not generally agreed on. Terms that may be considered synonyms, in whole or part, are symbiosis, commensalism, cooperation, protocooperation, mutual aid, facilitation, reciprocal...
Discurso, obra e linguagem
«(…) devemos reconhecer que, enquanto a arte clássica se realizava contrariando a ordem convencional dentro de limites bem definidos, a arte contemporânea manifesta, dentre as suas características essenciais, a de colocar continuamente uma ordem altamente “improvável” em relação à ordem da qual se parte. Por outras palavras, enquanto a arte clássica introduzia figuras originais...
redundancy, repetition, symmetry
«Tomemos agora uma folha de papel branco, dobremo-la ao meio e borrifemos uma das metades com tinta. A configuração resultante será altamente casual, absolutamente desordenada. Dobremos de novo a folha ao meio, de modo a fazer com que a superfície da metade manchada coincida com a superfície da metade ainda branca. Reaberta a folha, encontrar-nos-emos diante de uma configuração que já recebeu...
Little Harmonic Labyrinth
[HOFSTADTER,1979] Little Harmonic Labyrinth. This is based on the Bach organ piece by the same name. It is a playful introduction to the notion of recursive-i.e., nested structures. It contains stories within stories. The frame story, instead of finishing as expected, is left open, so the reader is left dangling...
obras abertas ou "obras em movimento"
« (…) no âmbito das obras “abertas”, uma categoria mais restrita de obras que, pela sua capacidade de assumir diversas estruturas imprevistas (…), poderíamos definir como “obras em movimento”.» [ECO, Umberto, Obra Aberta, Editora Perspectiva, São Paulo, 1971, p. 50]
«Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. The goals of the open data movement are similar to those of other “Open” movements such as open source, open content, and open access.»
«Openconcept is a term generally used to describe a type of architecture which provides a lot of flexible space.»
« A function f : X → Y is open if and only if for every x in X and every neighborhood U of x (however small), there exists a neighborhood V of f(x) such that V ⊂ f(U). It suffices to check openness on a basis for X. That is, a function f : X → Y is open if and only if it maps basic open sets to open sets.»
«In science and mathematics, an open problem or an open question is a known problem that can be accurately stated, and has not yet been solved (no solution for it is known).»
«An open file format is a published specification for storing digital data, usually maintained by a standards organization, which can therefore be used and implemented by anyone.»
«Open-source software (OSS) is computer software that is available in source code form: the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under an open-source license that permits users to study, change, improve and at times also to distribute the software. Open source software is very often developed in a public, collaborative manner.»
«O discurso aberto tem como primeiro significado a própria estrutura. Assim, a mensagem não se consuma jamais, permanece sempre como fonte de informações possíveis e responde de modo diverso a diversos tipos de sensibilidade e de cultura. O discurso aberto é um apelo à responsabilidade, à escolha individual, um desafio e um estímulo para o gosto, para a imaginação, para a inteligência. Por isso...
from open works to information theory
In an essay from the 1960s Umberto Eco talked about what he called ‘open work’, works which the performer and the audience both help to complete, through different kinds of engagement. ‘Open works’ are indeterminate and open to different kinds of interpretation. Eco cites the work of Boulez, Stockhausen and Berio, rather than that of Cage, which work he may not have been aware of, as well as the...
«(…) the thing is not open and shut; it is not sealed; there is a chink to let in the air; life is there, awakened by the occurrence of a fateful equality which is not exactly, not strictly equal … And that is what creates movement as there is a remainder there is no end, the cycle recommences, and time continues on. The residue is thus the seed of the next cycle (…) No further motion is...
A Program for Post-media Aesthetics Within the space of this article I cant begin to develop a new conceptual system which would replace the old discourse of mediums and which would be able to describe post-digital, post-net culture more adequately. However, what I can do is to suggest one particular direction we may want to pursue in developing such a system. This direction would involve...