some skin sticking sources i have been surrounding myself with
Yi-Fu Tuan in Space and Place
"Active participation is much reduced. In the modern world people do not, as in non-literate and peasant societies, build their own houses, nor do they participate even in a token manner in the construction of public monuments. Rites and ceremonies that focus on the building activity, which used to be thought of as the creation of a world, have greatly declined so that even in the erection of a large public edifice there remain only the rather wan gestures of laying the foundation stone and topping. The house is no longer a text encoding the rules of behavior and even a whole world view that can be transmitted down the generations. In place of a cosmos modern society has splintered beliefs and conflicting ideologies. Modern society is also increasingly literate, which means that it depends less and less on material objects and the physical environment to embody the value and meaning of a culture: verbal symbols have progressively displaced material symbols, and books rather than building instruct.” (page 117)
Maria Popova in Figuring
“By the time of Astronomia nova, Kepler had ample mathematical evidence affirming Copernicus’s theory. But he realized something crucial and abiding about human psychology: The scientific proof was too complex, too cumbersome, too abstract to persuade even his peers, much less the scientifically illiterate public; it wasn’t data that would dismantle their celestial parochialism, but storytelling. Three centuries before the poet Muriel Rukeyser wrote that “the universe is made of stories, not of atoms,” Kepler knew that whatever the composition of the universe may be, its understanding was indeed the work of stories, not of science-that what he needed was a new rhetoric by which to illustrate, in a simple yet compelling way, that the Earth is indeed in motion. And so The Dream was born." (page 15)
Anna Tsing in The Mushroom at the end of the World
"While I refuse to reduce either economy or ecology to the other, there is one connection between economy and environment that seems important to introduce up front: the history of the human concentration of wealth through making both humans and nonhumans into resources for investment. This history has inspired investors to imbue both people and things with alienation, that is, the ability to stand alone, as if the entanglements of living did not matter.5 Through alienation, people and things become mobile assets; they can be removed from their life worlds in distance-defying transport to be exchanged with other assets from other life worlds, elsewhere.6 This is quite different from merely using others as part of a life world—for example, in eating and being eaten. In that case, multispecies living spaces remain in place. Alienation obviates living-space entanglement. The dream of alienation inspires landscape modification in which only one stand-alone asset matters; everything else becomes weeds or waste. Here, attending to living-space entanglements seems inefficient, and perhaps archaic. When its singular asset can no longer be produced, a place can be abandoned. The timber has been cut; the oil has run out; the plantation soil no longer supports crops. The search for assets resumes elsewhere. Thus, simplification for alienation produces ruins, spaces of abandonment for asset production.” (page 5 and 6)
Francis Alys in ‘Francis Alys’ by Cuauhtémoc Medina, Russell Ferguson and Jean Fisher (2007)
‘... not to add to the city, but absorb what is already there, to work with the residues, or with the negative spaces, the holes, the space in between.’
‘insert a story into the city rather than an object.’
‘walking, in particular drifting, or strolling, is already - within the speed culture of our time - a kind of resistance.’
‘The invention of a language goes together with the intervention of a city. each of my interventions is another fragment of the story I am inventing, of the city that i am mapping. in my city everything is temporary.’
Richard Sennett in Building and Dwelling
“Borders are porous, boundaries are not. the boundary is an edge where things end, a limit beyond which a particular species must not stray or, conversely, a low-intensity edge. Whereas the border is an edge where different groups interact; for instance, where the shoreline of a lake meets solid land is an active zone of exchange where organisms find and feed off other organisms.
The closed boundary dominates the modern city. The urban habitat is cut up into segregated parts by streams of traffic and by functional isolation between zones for work, commerce, family and the public realm.” (page 220)
“Seed-planning. Were you a farmer you would understand instantly what this kind of planning is about, but unfortunately you have spent too much time in cafés. On the family farm, your rural self would have noticed that the same seed sown in different circumstances of water, wind and soil produces different colonies of plants, some dense with leaves but with few flowers or fruits, other colonies while with relatively few plants, but each a vigorous grower. An application of sheep dip will have one consequence for the growth of colonies while cow manure... you don’t actually have to leave the café terrace to get the point. The seeds serve as type-forms whose manifestations -plants- change character in different circumstances.
Cities aren’t farmed today. Instead they are master-planned. The fully grown plant is treated as the plan.
The essence of seed-planning is minimum specification of how form relates to function; this leaves room for maximum variation and innovation.” (page 229)
Ursula le Guin taken from https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/04/13/ursula-k-le-guin- operating-instructions-words-are-my-matter/
‘I think the imagination is the single most useful tool mankind possess.’
‘The imagination is an essential tool of the mind, a fundamental way of thinking , an indispensable means of becoming and remaining human.’
‘Sculpting our ability to be at home in the world.’
‘The reason literacy is important is that literature is the operating instructions. The best manual we have. The most useful guide to the country we’r visiting, life.’
Ursula le Guin taken from https://serendipstudio.org/sci_cult/leguin/
‘As I've been using the word "truth" in the sense of "trying hard not to lie," so I use the words "literature," "art," in the sense of "living well, living with skill, grace, energy" - like carrying a basket of bread and smelling it and eating as you go. I don't mean only certain special products made by specially gifted people living in specially privileged garrets, studios, and ivory towers - "High" Art; I mean also all the low arts, the ones men don't want. For instance, the art of making order where people live. In our culture this activity is not considered an art, it is not even considered work. "Do you work?" - and she, having stopped mopping the kitchen and picked up the baby to come answer the door, says, "No, I don't work.’
Jahra Rager Wasasala in her TED talk
she holds within her form
conflict as an ongoing conversation
we are in an area of disconnection within an area of hyper connection
i am a physical meeting ground of many bodies of water
it is the very human need to belong and to understand where you belong to
but if you are navigating this on land that does not belong to you
this is where my mother comes in
she was incredibly aware of what she could not teach us
so thought us to focus on what we knew instead of what we didn’t know
what i knew was my body
i knew dance
the manipulation of English language through poetry
i have followed and chased all my creative callings back to my own body every single time because this is the land i was indigenous to first
here I have found another way home
here i have been able to answer the call of my ancestors
and here is somewhere that I will always belong
and that is something that cannot be measured only witnessed
Yuval Noah Harari taken from https://www.ynharari.com/topic/power-and-imagination/ “Human babies are helpless, dependent for many years on their elders for sustenance, protection and education.
This fact has contributed greatly both to humankind’s extraordinary social abilities and to its unique social problems. Lone mothers could hardly forage enough food for their offspring and themselves. So raising children required constant help from other family members and neighbours. It takes a tribe to raise a human. Evolution thus favoured those capable of forming strong social ties. In addition, since humans are born underdeveloped, they can be educated and socialised to a far greater extent than any other animal. Most mammals emerge from the womb like glazed earthenware emerging from a kiln – any attempt at remoulding will only scratch or break them. Humans emerge from the womb like molten glass from a furnace. They can be spun, stretched and shaped with a surprising degree of freedom. This is why today we can educate our children to become Christian or Buddhist, capitalist or socialist, warlike or peace-loving.”
“Fiction has enabled us not merely to imagine things, but to do so collectively. Sapiens can cooperate in extremely flexible ways with countless numbers of strangers.
Yet none of these things exists outside the stories that people invent and tell one another. There are no gods, no nations, no money and no human rights, except in our collective imagination.
During most of recorded history property could be owned only by flesh-and-blood humans, the kind that stood on two legs and had big brains.”