[NetBehaviour] How is everyone?

Max Herman maxnmherman at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 25 15:56:35 CET 2020

Hi Salvatore,

I hope all is as well as can be with you and yours, and am glad to hear that your own health situation is OK.

Your idea for a collaboration or collective product relating to "La Cura" and COVID-19 sounds very interesting.  I would definitely be interested, perhaps from a context of Italo Calvino's Six Memos for the Next Millennium and the below article on Hippocratic medicine and Greek tragedy.

Another concept I have been developing is the idea of "Mindfulness Based Aesthetic Resilience" or MBAR as a meditation-oriented health intervention that emphasizes the aesthetic aspects of well-being and adaptation.

I don't speak or read Italian but translation questions would also be interesting as discussion points perhaps.

All very best wishes and regards,


Jacques Jouanna, “Hippocratic Medicine and Greek Tragedy,” 2012, https://brill.com/view/book/9789004232549/B9789004232549-s005.xml

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Hi everyone!
(and thanks to Ruth and Marc for calling all of us up, so that we can know how is everybody)

about me and Oriana: we're in Italy, stuck amidst the tragedy of the infections and deaths and of the political nonsense of these difficult times

with an important addition: my cancer decided to came back


I'm fine, don't worry: I have had another surgery that went well, and I'm fully recovering

but this synchronicity has been really important

for who remembers, back in 2012, when I had my first cancer, i used medical data to propose a global repositioning of disease in society:

a cure can happen only in the middle of society: that was the synthesis of La Cura<https://www.artisopensource.net/projects/la-cura/>, the global performance into which I had transformed my cancer, inspired by visionary innovators such as Franco Basaglia

What is, now, La Cura at the time of COVID19?

It turns out that it's a really meaningful continuation in the same direction: a cancer and a global pandemic perfectly show the coexistence of two dimensions: the individual and the ecosystem

this coexistence has a tragic aspect: the two dimensions can be at open war with each other

this was perfectly clear, for example, while being in the hospital: I risked not being able to have my surgery because of the COVID19 situat

this tragic character of the situation is exactly the condition which we'll star to face in the crises that are about to start coming up systematically: climate change, migrations, poverty, health, access and the others

the tragic coexistence between the individual and the ecosytem, and the problems that come with it: which are complex and, thus, irreducible.

Complexity doesn't have "solution". It has a life, a way to cope with it, but not a solution, in the sense of being able to reduce it to a point. There's no App for it.

In today's life we have tried all to try to remove tragedy from our lives.

And, instead, this new conditions shows us just how much we need this tragic dimension in our lives.

As tragedy is complexity, and complexity is tragic and irreducible: it just doesn't go away.

And: with/after tragedy comes Agnition: the ability to understand, recognize and transform/adapt.

In our world, this tragic dimension has a lot to do with data and computation.

The complex phenomena of our planet can be only experieced through enormous quantities and qualities of data, and through the computation needed to collect them, and to processes and represent them.
How can I experience climate change (as a global phenomenon, not because it is hotter in my city)? COV19? Povety? etc
Data, data, data, and computation.

Understanding this tragic condition, in context, means that data+computation need to be addressed as existential issues, not as technical ones.
This means a necessary focus shift towards finding/building the new rituals, times, habits, practices and traditions with which we will learn to inhabit our world through data and computation.
This is, for example, what we've been doing with the Datapoiesis<https://datapoiesis.com/home/> project,

And this is what we will continue to do now, through this tragic continuation of La Cura.

We started writing two articles about it: they're in italian for now, but if there's interest and if someone who speaks native english can help me out, we'd love to translate and share.

Here they are, and we designed the article series so that we arrive at a total of 10 articles:


BTW: if anyone wants to join in: i think it would form a wonderful publications in these times of "La Cura VS COVID19"

Thanks everyone: be safe and happy


Art is Open Source -  http://www.artisopensource.net<http://www.artisopensource.net/>
Human Ecosystems Relazioni - https://www.he-r.it/
Ubiquitous Commons - http://www.ubiquitouscommons.org<http://www.ubiquitouscommons.org/>
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