[NetBehaviour] Defining myself

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Tue Apr 26 16:24:13 CEST 2011



I like the first and third. Max Black by the way wrote on negative 
definitions and the difficulty they present; he used the example of 
blackbirds.

- Alan

On Tue, 26 Apr 2011, dave miller wrote:

> Here's a mix of the two:
>
> I am an illustrator, I draw to express myself
> I am a storyteller, I use stories to communicate and connect
> I am a programmer, I use the web as a medium to communicate, connect,
> collaborate and research
> I am a journalist, I research and analyse news, history, politics
> I am an activist, I campaign for justice
>
> I'm happier with this!
>
> dave
>
> On 26 April 2011 11:50, dave miller <dave.miller.uk at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Annie
>>
>> I tried it:
>> I am an illustrator, I dont draw to express myself
>> I am a storyteller, who doesn't use stories to communicate
>> I am a programmer, not using technology as a medium for my pieces
>> I am a journalist, not interested in news, history, politics
>> I am an activist, not campaigning for justice
>>
>> But it's not me! Maybe I best define myself by what I am not? It's a
>> bit negative though!
>>
>> dave
>>
>> On 26 April 2011 10:49, Annie Abrahams <bram.org at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Dave what happens when you invert your description?
>>>
>>> I am an illustrator, I don't draw to express myself? etc ...
>>>
>>> On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 11:28 AM, dave miller <dave.miller.uk at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I've been inspired by looking at Annie Abraham's website, i really
>>>> admire how she defines what she does:
>>>>
>>>> "I am not a performer, I use performance to do research.
>>>> I am not a researcher, I use research in my performance pieces.
>>>> I am a performer who uses research as a medium.
>>>> I am a performer researching encounters."
>>>>
>>>> 03 2011 Annie Abrahams.
>>>>
>>>> I can see how she's split this into 2 parts - "I am not" and "I am" ...
>>>>
>>>> Personally, I'm generally confused about what I do, with my art, where
>>>> I want to take it, so I've had a go at defining my "art" using Annie's
>>>> technique:
>>>>
>>>> I am not an illustrator, I draw to express myself
>>>> I am not a storyteller, I use stories to communicate
>>>> I am not a programmer, I use technology as a medium
>>>> I am not a journalist, I am interested in news, history, politics
>>>> I am not an activist, I campaign for justice
>>>>
>>>> OK - so far so good - but I'm stuck on the "I am" bit! I know what I'm
>>>> not, but cant say what I am.
>>>>
>>>> Any thought's?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Dave
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>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> 07 05 2011 Une caresse intercontinentale / An intercontinental caress
>>> Fabrice M?tais (New York) Annie Abrahams (Paris)
>>> http://aabrahams.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/une-caresse-intercontinentale/
>>>
>>> Video of demo - performance Huis Clos / No Exit - Tout va Bien, Rietveld
>>> Academy Amsterdam
>>> http://vimeo.com/22335939
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