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A Pattern Language: Art/istic, Institutions*ing, and Research (practices)

In analogy  – or respons – to ‘A Patternlanguage: Towns, Buidlings, Constructions’ by Christopher Alexander et. al. researched and written in  1970’s some researchers at a.pass tried to understand how a patternlanguage clould be written for the context of artistic research and ecpectially for the creation of good conditions for practicing research as an artform.

The team around Alexander described patterns in their understanding as following:

“Each pattern describes a problem which occures over and over again in our envorinement, and then describes the core of the solution to the problem, in such a way that you cna use this solution a million time over, without ever doing the same thing twice.” Ch. Alexander, 1977.

In general we were able to imagine the translatability of this approach to our ‘envorioment’, yet the here described problem-solution relationship didnpt feel approproiate for the arts and especially not for the ways research may take – from the unknown into the unknown. For the sake of workability we propose to translate problems in to needs, issues, or question and solution into (good) practice, proposition or even speculation. 

However we dicided to take the experiment to the test and try to appy the protocol Alexander proposes for the writing of a pattern onto our wirting in order to descover where this propocol finds its borders.

The language of those patterns and it’s function Alexander describ as following:

“[The order of the patterns] is presented as a straight linear sequence, [and] is essential to the way the language works. […]
What is most important about this sequence, is that it is based on the connections between the patterns. Each
pattern is connected to certain “larger” patterns which come above it in the language, and to certain “smaller” patterns which come below it in the language. In short, no pattern is an isolated entity. Each pattern can exist in the world, only to the extent that is supported by other patterns: the larger patterns in which it is embedded, the patterns of the same size that surround it, and the smaller patterns which are embedded in it.”  Ch. Alexander, 1977.

The order of the actual ‘sentence’ that one want to create from this language for her/his concrete case is as much free as it is in a spoken or written language. Words can’t be placed in what ever kind of order, there is always a specific syntax and gramatical structure required by a specific language –  yet quite everything can be said and in most cases language fillany alowas for a quite a great redundancy. One can say a sentence in a grammatically ‘wrong’ way, yet one understand what you mean.

 

 

 

 

 




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BLOCK DIARY / SLOW, RANDOM & LINKED WRITING & THINKING

1 January-29 April 2018

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This is a day to day diary of the search, the research, the unsearch, the raveling and the unraveling. Thoughts, musings, pictures, clips, questions and answers. It started January 25th.
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block information, recent past

making / conditions

8 January-1 April 2018

block 18/I curated by Nicolas Galeazzi

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This block combines institutional critique with a fundamental depiction of Performance in its various interpretations in economy, administration, performing arts, and sociology. Performance stands for productivity and efficiency as much as for presence, representation, and the transformative power of speech. Investigating the interdependency between our artistic research practice and its surrounding adinistrative and economic supportstructures, we will develop a pattern language for conditioning practices in the arts - a pattern language as a set of tools for finding the 'institute' behind our research.
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block information

Nicolas Galeazzi Block overview

8 January-1 April 2018

plenum & forum

Fora&Plena
This post gives a sort overview over the organisation and schedule of the block 2018/I
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reading session, research center

Monday Readings

15 January-16 April 2018

Reading across technical tools and theoretical devices

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In cultural institutions like a.pass, digital tools are used for communication, archiving, administration and production. These computational infrastructures depend more often than not on the services of tech giants and are put to use without too much space for reflection on how they actually work. If we want to bring technology within reach of interrogation and critique, how to break the spell of those paralysing regimes? How to shift the relationship from efficiency to curiosity; from scarcity to multiplicity and from solution to possibility?

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forum, recent past

Nicolas Galeazzi pattern language for conditioning practices

19 January-23 March 2018

weekly meetings

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In order to explore MAKING / CONDITIONS we will try to create a Pattern Language for conditioning practices in the arts. With reference to the same named concept, proposed by the architect and philosopher Christopher Alexander in the late 1970's, we will investigate the patterns that help us to cretate the conditions for our artistic research through this very same research practices.
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forum, recent past

Kate Rich Critical Administration

30 January-3 February 2018 / a.pass 4th floor

Shaking down the entrepreneur

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This workshop takes place in the devastated landscape of the Creative Economy. Dipping cautiously into realms of business and economics (in which artists are generally and probably wilfully unschooled), we will take a pigeon’s-eye view (scrappy, opportunistic, only occasionally vicious) of worn-out tropes such as entrepreneurialism, human capital and cultural enterprise.

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Critical Administration Forum

30 January-3 February 2018

Shaking down the entrepreneur

This page is a forum in it self! A forum to discuss, digest and document the content of the Critical Administration: Shaking down the Enterpreneur Froum with Kate Rich at a.pass. Please find the descriotion of the project here.

The page is a froum in the sense of a working place for exchange and the building of relations. The posts placed here are to be understood as a conversation!

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forum, recent past

Alberto Cossu / Ronny Heiremans / Nicolas Galeazzi Reclaiming economy – it’s art anyway

16-16 March 2018 / a.pass / starting at 19:00

an evening on the self-governing of fairness

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In the framework the current block in which we work on the making of condition, a.pass is inviting together with SOTA, Alberto Cossu and Ronny Heiremans to discuss the self-governing for cultural practices under the defaul of different surrounding systems. Alberto works as a researcher within the occupied theater MACAO in Milano, Ronny researches as an artist in Belgium labour conditions through the rewriting of the artist contract.
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Alberto Cossu crypting currency, etc.

16-16 March 2018 / a.pass 4th floor / 10:00 to 17:00

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Next to the event Reclaiming Economy – it’s art, Alberto Cossu provides a workshop for us during the day of the 16th March. He will give us a closer insight into his practical experience with the common coin crypto-currency he helped to developed at MACAO and his profound research into the self-governance of that place. 

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