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I am here (self-portrait in grey).

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 04/08/2017

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What is Public Culture?

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 04/06/2017

A partial answer is here.
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Further exploration of librarianship as social design.

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 03/26/2017

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Brief notes on librarian as designer.

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 03/21/2017

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The shift: Library science -> Information Science only tells part of the story. Science is an inadequate model, as is information.

The dominant paradigm:  Information -> Knowledge is incomplete.

Librarians must be attentive to meaning, not just information/knowledge.

Epistemology -> Semiotics but ultimately the core of librarianship is experience design. 

Aesthetics then, becomes a core concern and the librarian’s new pedagogical model should be design school, specifically social design. [1]

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[1] A case could be made for curatorial studies,  and although insights from the field would surely aid librarianship, it lacks some fundamental skill sets of design.

 

 

Two models of change in systems.

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 08/24/2016

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The ascent of the disabling ecosystem of liberalism

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 08/21/2016

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Thee square ov capture for design as enlivenment.

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 08/02/2016

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A matrix of possibilities for food, leisure, democracy

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 06/29/2016

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Intensification without representation – a recipe for collapse

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 06/20/2016

Inspired by M. Jahi Chappell (title above), Ivan Illich (relationship of energy consumption, social/economic inequality, and specialization) and Joseph Tainter (quote below). Needless to say the arts are subject to the same law of declining marginal returns. Also note that there is immense energy consumption involved in administrators maintaining the social coercion necessary for institutional buy in from the administered.

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Toward a theory of spiritual ecology…

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 06/16/2016

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#soilpractice + #socialpractice coordinates with (mostly) unrelated notes

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 05/01/2016

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Facebook comment of mine:

And thus the arts are subjugated to the disastrous apparatus constructed by the Enlightenment cleaving of self/other. One of the most egregious examples of this is the forced submission of all manner of creative play to (linguistic) domination in the form of “criticality,” which is a technique of dissociation that replicates the very mistakes that its proponents seek to solve using it as a tool!

“Criticality” as fertilizer

Initial applications lead to tremendous yields while ultimately degrading the ecological substrate. Everywhere the miraculous results are lauded as revolutionary, liberating us from various “externalities.” Criticality/fertilizer is seen as a cure all – making a degraded condition seem easily rectified while masking the fact that said cure alls are the mode of degraded experience itself. Criticality/fertilizer is supplied by large centralized institutions under the auspices of empowerment, but it really means a lifetime of debt and dependency.

Thee eightfold building block ov ‪#‎soilpractice‬ + ‪#‎socialpractice‬ (design qualities, methods, goals)

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 04/10/2016

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s³ + sae = (#soilpractice + #socialpractice ecologies)

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 03/13/2016

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With apologies to Darren O’Donnell

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 03/01/2016

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A continuum along which soil practice and social practice occur

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 02/27/2016

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From notes today:

the art system has become industrial agriculture
aesthetic ecology as gardening – learn from your grandmother and your neighbor, pick up some magazines or books, watch some YouTube videos and get growing, no gatekeepers, no degrees required

the art system says the only real gardening is done by experts

seed saving (AE) vs. industrial ag research (AS) – person to person innovation (AE) vs. institutionally controlled validation (AS)

museums, galleries, and universities act much like Monsanto taking up vernacular practices, formalizing them, squeezing the living core out, and controlling their distribution and viability

aesthetic ecology favors diversity – formal, institutional practices, but also backyard gardeners, community gardeners, homesteaders, etc

Collaborative matrix for social practice

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 02/21/2016

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Logo for Human Ecology

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 02/20/2016

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MFA in Soil +Social Practice

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 02/20/2016

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Thee iceberg ov social practice

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 02/18/2016

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Social practice and ecological democracy

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 02/18/2016

Élan vital for social practice

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 02/16/2016

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Thee hemodynamics ov social practice

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 02/16/2016

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Thee cycle ov engagement and detachment in thee astrology ov socialpractice

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 02/07/2016

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Coordinates of scheming and dreaming?

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 02/07/2016

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A map of earth and sky

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 02/07/2016

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The terrain of aesthetic experience: a magic square for social practice

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 02/01/2016

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Social practice in an expanded field: against art historical noodling and for Sunday morning doodling

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 01/31/2016

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…But I remain interested in social practice to the degree that it remains social practice, rather than social practice *art*. So when we inquire into the aesthetics of participation for instance we don’t get bogged down in all the art historical noodling that paralyzes so many critics from the old school. It is important to emphasize that all kinds of “problems” are solved by recognizing that art [frieze/e-flux/triple canopy type art], is just a highly specialized and mostly pointless parlor game played with, and within, aesthetic experience. If we remain attuned to aesthetics and aesthetic experience (especially from an embodied, phenomenological point of view) or to “the arts” or “the art of” or “the artful” rather than to Art, we increase the chances of having the “dynamic, complex and difficult dialogues” *** seeks rather than the insular professional tiffs of the Art world.

https://randallszott.org/2015/06/02/against-art-historical-noodling-or-why-social-poiesis-is-more-interesting-than-social-practice-especially-if-by-social-practice-we-really-mean-social-practice-art-even-more-stuff-i-said-in-blog-comm/

thee myths ov MFA conspirators create occult circumstances in which art is cursed and infinitely esoteric

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 01/17/2016

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fill in the blanks and move things around (part II) – a wildly partial map of social practice

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 01/03/2016

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a minimal equation: social poiesis + social praxis + social phronesis = social practice

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 01/03/2016

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This image is an expansive understanding of social practice, more expansive even than “social poiesis” which I have previously argued for:

“social poiesis” (despite its even more obscure quality) might be a better term. If we don’t limit ourselves to art, social poiesis (nee practice) could be more dynamic and encompass not only art actions and art environments, but also – urban planning, sports leagues, communes, be-ins, residencies, raves, state fairs, theme parks, cults, encounter groups, chautauquas, even nations…and would also apply to a much broader demographic of participants rather than artists and their audiences…