Meeting notes, other notes, and references

November 4, 2008

RSS feeds of querries:

  • phrases have to be in double-quotes like > “”Barack Obama””
  • to boost search results > “”Barack Obama””^4 (carat and position number – 1 is the default
  • key quotes about the topic/phrase

Jonathan Harris’s 10×10 and Lovelines are two new precedents that heavily relate to the output that I’m aiming to produce.

  • new meaning of the media’s interpretation of crises through linguistic play
  • impact of media on issues > narratives being produced > mass cognition
  • how media conceptualizes issues/news events
  • expressing large social dynamic
  • public concern vs mass media
  • words shape/express public conception of media
  • system portrays its own meaning


  • Capturing the media hype of crisis and find a form that would heighten aspect of language
  • Look for places where language was used to show sensationalism and structure of form that relates that
  • Look at Dada – newspaper articles piece
  • many eyes as a test bed for visualization
  • figure out form before amount on the scene
  • making natural language searching as simple as possible

Broaden Poetry Idea: write down everywhere i see how language is used in a particular form, think about how each would work, street signs, bags, etc, that slip below level of consciousness, think about them as a system: characteristics, what does it communicate as a form without any content, what would it mean with this content on to it

Find 3 completely different forms and experiment with content: differences that exist in different environments’ forms, and how they go out to the public

  • Go broad before going deep

Audience: consider the people who will see it, and what is their worldview, understanding, opinion of what media is? what are their assumptions and how can I change those assumptions?

  • What is the story i’m trying to tell? The linguistic structure and interface will shape story
  • Who am I trying to tell it to and why?
  • Think comparatively: how phrases are used in different contexts
  • Clarify the elevator pitch on the story I’m trying to tell

Other precedents and supportive info (from comModified paper):

  • Kay Rosen
  • Barbera Kruger
  • Jean Arp
  • Max Ernst
  • Other Neo-Dadaist artists

References from Sites of Contention: The Analytics of Crisis taught by Janet Roitman

  • “Figures of the Subject in Times of Crisis, Public Culture, 7, 2, 1995.
  • “On Crisis” in The Practice of Conceptual History, Stanford University Press, 2002
  • Marx’s Theory of Crisis, St. Martin’s Press, 1994, Chapters 1, 6, 7, 8, 9.
  • “Millenial Capitalism: First Thoughts on a Second Coming”, Public Culture, 12-2, 2000, pp. 291-343.
  • “Introduction: commodities and the politics of value” in Appadurai, The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective, Cambridge University Press, 1986, pp. 1-63.
  • “Cultures of Expertise and the Management of Globalization: Toward the Re-Functioning of Ethnography”, in Collier and Ong, eds. Global Assemblages. Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems, Blackwell, 2005, pp. 336-352.
  • “Hoarders and Scrappers: Madness and the Social Person in the Interstices of the City” in J. Biehl, B. Good, A. Kleinman, eds. Subectivity: Ethnographic Investigations, University of California Press, 2007, pp. 315-340.

Potential aesthetic direction:

Movie credits – opening sequences (i.e.Saul Bass > Mad Men, success of opening of the movie Seven

Potential Language format:

  • Form1: Tabloids [http://www.journalism.org/node/35] > one-liners, sensational, serious, impudent, harried, sharp rapid fire, snippets
  • Form2: Haiku > 17 syllables total, 5-7-5; Paints meaning and imagery; simple, raw, strips away of excess in order to attain the goal of truth; makes every word important to the overall meaning;  natural poetic flow, a brief interlude of calm in the chaos of the world.
  • Form 3: Presidential/Political slogans [ http://wapedia.mobi/en/List_of_political_slogans ] [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_slogans ] > Use most popular ones as madlibs filling in parts with queried findings or at the end of them

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