Facts and Chaos
I have been away from blogging for a while, I am terribly sorry for that, but since I don’t have many readers, I don’t have anyone to apologise to, other than myself. Blogging is rather time сonsuming, and it doesn’t really get to the people you want. So I stick to the real world people and real world communication these days.
However, I want to write the following thought down, before it gets any more stranger and varied in its nature. So by definition - it isn’t final (or is anything).
We live in the world of hard facts, and theoretical connections between them. Someone got something wrong, they made a mistake. We often over theorise about how that happened… there can be numerous reasons, which basically all end up in the same thing, the person got it wrong - there is chaos we cannot control in the world. As much as we would like to involute this and correct the mistake within the connections of those facts, all it does - it becomes a story.
We can even start taking facts from mid air and manipulating into structures that form a sort of sensible story behind something, which doesn’t make it true, yet, it seems like a reasonable story. Stories are great that way. This is the point where observer is trying to coprehend what he just saw, instead of just facing reality that those facts don’t have anything in common. They are actually rather random pieces of information, and correlation between them is created within ones head.
It is really how post-modernism advertising works, in theory, however, isn’t that how our lives work as well. We create random facts, and then make correlations between them, that form some sort of sensible idea of what just happened. And the best of us, are usually those weird creatures, who are impossible to understand, they create a sort of paranoia “how did person do that?”…. So anyway, they are just facts, there isn’t anything behind them, as much as we would like it to be.
I have recently become a fan of Carlo Scarpa’s work. This stair set has been of interest to me for few weeks now, partly because i couldn’t get any images of it. Wonderful detailing shows the amount thinking which went into it.
Other curious elements of his buildings can also be analysed for hours. Beautiful work.
“The other side shows the slab relationship. The tiles here are blue symbolising water, the display floors are always the white tiles seen above.” (via Venetian Matters: Negozio Olivetti reopens: a Carlo Scarpa Jewel)
Quick update, while my software is frozen:
Things are going great. I am becoming more of a dick every single day. Success! :) Design work has been rather fun recently. I basically don’t sleep, but you know, that’s cool as well. Looking forward for summer with its work, fun and sunshine.
Alright, back to work. You may find quick render attached to this note. Couple of days old now and also shit :)
How I feel every damn day.
At some point, when the means of evaluating an object fail, the question of time arises, as in: “it must have took them this time to make it…”. This universal approach sends an “evaluator” back to the consumer principles. By doing so they project their own idea of how much time costs in order to comprehend their own some kind of disability to face the real. Dimension doesn’t ever have a price tag.
"«Это я слышал или читал», — подумал Самгин, и его ударила скука: этот день, зной, поля, дорога, лошади, кучер и все, все вокруг он многократно видел, все это сотни раз изображено литераторами, живописцами. Все — было, все — СКАЗАНО. B конце концов — все сводится к той или иной системе фраз, но факты не укладываются ни в одну из них. И — что можно сказать о себе, кроме — «Я видел то, видел это?»"
I will just leave it here and decide if i should do more work on it later. I think that might help. Just fed up of looking at the screen.
Illustration for the statistical analysis of unemployment history in Kingston upon Hull.
Next on the TO-DO list: diagrams! yay
I have built a funny little structure out of sticks and rubber bands. Tensegrity Dome. Wikipedia shows some fun stuff about tensegrity structures.
This is one of the illustrations I have done for the current project. In short: dynamic architecture connected to the city. Print came out nicely.
It is an axonometric of Queen’s Gardens in Hull. The façades are some of the abandoned buildings in Hull.
Vsevolod Karetnikov, Lincoln University 2011
‘That’s another thing we’ve learned from your Nation,’ said Mein Herr, ‘map-making. But we’ve carried it much further than you. What do you consider the largest map that would be really useful?’
‘About six inches to the mile.’
‘Only six inches!’ exclaimed Mein Herr. ‘We very soon got to six yards to the mile. Then we tried a hundred yards to the mile. And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile’
‘Have you used it much?’ I enquired.
‘It has never been spread out, yet,’ said Mein Herr: ‘the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.’"
My life is rather surreal at the moment. Wake up in Moscow, run around city, do dissertation work while flying dangerously close to London Eye and the Gherkin, experience train-related vandalism in Lincolnshire, get a fine from the library for something stupidly small and then do an all-nighter. I wish this day was just normal, I really wish I could just stay in Moscow.
There is a huge difference between analysing the past and historical research.
Analysis of the past should concentrate on the effects of the past visible and represented in the current. It is not relevant to history, but rather how a society sees its own history. Kind of a collective memory, if you like.
Historical research is a search for hard facts, it is focused on the past.
Question: does collective memory function in a similar way as a memory of a single human being? is there such thing as “social phobia” or whatever, which is a result of collective memory block?
"Пространственное окружение всегда социально наполнено"
Иногда мы это слегка забываем и недостаточно уделяем внимание.
"Архитектура имеет будущее по одной простой причине: ещё не создано такого здания, такого архитектурного объекта, которые могли бы положить конец всем другим формам, которые предопределили бы конец пространства. Таким образом, нет такого города, который бы предопределил конец всех других городов, такой мысли, которая предопределила бы конец всех других мыслей"