Thursday, December 20, 2012


记忆 (= to write + to remember)

In mithology Memosyne, the daughter of Uranos and Gea, is the mother of the nine Muses.

In the Encyclopédie the knowledge is organized in three categories: Mémoire, Raison, Imagination.

Monday, December 17, 2012


Remember: for a preliminary evaluation of the blog it is necessary to complete the work before January 10, 2013. Only with a positive evaluation of the blog it will be possible to submit it during the public proof that will be performed on January 17, 2013. Many of the posts linked in the Hyperblog Index are still incomplete: this is an invitation to finish the work. Rules for the exams are contained in a previous post.

Ten Things

To remenber the ten objects shown in the ten lectures, here is a picture with their immaterial presence. For a better memory of the topics see the Lectures Timetable.

The club, the bottle, the vacuum cleaner, the toy, the shuttle, the bicycle (derailleur), the clock, the fabric (felt), the garbage, the coffee machine, ... and the solid memory.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Les choses - Les machines

Machine(s) un livre par Chloé Poizat

Chloé Poizat est diplômée de l'École des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans.
Depuis 1993, elle propose ses images à la presse (Libération, Le Monde, Le Magazine Littéraire, XXI, The Drawbridge, The New-York Times), dans l'édition pour illustrer de nombreuses couvertures de romans, et elle crée également des affiches pour le théâtre et la musique, des décors, des films.
Elle est l'auteure de plusieurs ouvrages illustrés pour enfants et pour adultes parmi lesquels. Son travail s'appuie en partie sur la réappropriation d'images imprimées transformant l'extrême naïveté de cette imagerie avec humour et ironie pour fabriquer une nouvelle grammaire de l'imaginaire. De son goût pour les images mutantes, elle voue une affection particulière pour les bestiaires et Freak Shows en tout genre.
Le montage et le collage - les relations intersémiotiques qu'ils engendrent - sont un aspect récurrent de sa production.

Chloé Poizat website:

Review: Musica: Meredith Monk (1942), 'Travel Dream Song', 'Atlas' (1993).

Clothing History

History of clothing (a sequence of term definitions)

Clothes & Fashion

Dizionario della moda

Piccolo dizionario della moda

Un altro dizionario della moda (con termini in inglese)

Something about garbage

Tre amici s’incontrano e decidono di affrontare insieme, con creatività, le difficoltà lavorative… nasce così una collaborazione artistica che li ha portati a realizzare la loro prima mostra, dal 3 a 23 dicembre 2012 a Torino, che non può definirsi semplicemente “collettiva”, ma un felice connubio di falegnameria, restauro e pittura.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A concept map

Before the preparation of the final text, for telling the Story of the Thing, on the basis of the found materials and with the connections (links) to the blog posts, it is necessary to prepare a concept map that reveals the cipher used to present the work done.

A concept map (mappa concettuale), as that proposed in this blog, is a graph that shows the 5-7 basic concepts around which the investigation can be developed. The connections between the concepts give evidence to the relationship among the focal points, and will be used to develop the final text.
A suggestion for the identification of the "names" for the concepts is:

- select abstract nouns
- select object nouns
- select attributes (characteristics, colours, ...)
- select people names
- select geographic places
- select a series of images
- select a series of books
- ...

  • Postcard: greetings, places, travels, notification, advertisement, travel report,...
  • Electric bulb: Edison (the enterprise), Cruto (the inventor), Edy (the fantasy), Picabia (the Dada art), Marenco (the music of the progress), Philips (the industry),...
  • Bottle: Coke, Milk, Water, Poison, Sins (Pandora's bottle)
  • Bottle: red, white, blue, green, black
  • Playing cards: Ace, the Queen of Hearts, the Joker, 7 of diamonds, 2 of clubs, the Juggler (tarot)
  • Key: to open, to protect, to consolidate (an arch), to tune (an instrument), to upload (a clock)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Three exercises

Assign to the selected Thing ONE of the "deadly sins"

Assign to the selected Thing an ODOUR

Join to the selected Thing a POSTAGE STAMP that represents the subject.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


un saggio di VIttorio Marchis

Torino : Utet, 2006.

anche su Google Books (con link alle parole più usate)

Cose sovietiche - Вещи Советском

«La gazirovka: il distributore pubblico d’acqua gassata; il nomerok: il “numeretto” dei cappotti; le papirosy: le sigarette scadenti… Un’affascinante riflessione sul rapporto tra le cose e la vita. I 25 oggetti russo-sovietici protagonisti di queste pagine sono semplici cose di uso comune, non i noti “cimeli” da nostalgici esibiti talvolta nelle mostre o venduti nei negozi di souvenir. A cosa servivano, che importanza avevano nella vita dei cittadini sovietici, qual è la loro storia?

Gian Piero Piretto
La vita privata degli oggetti sovietici
25 storie da un altro mondo
MIlano : Sironi, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Storie & oggetti

L'innocenza degli oggetti 

Orhan Pamuk

L'innocenza degli oggetti

Il Museo dell'innocenza, Istanbul

Torino : Einaudi, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

La poubelle agrée

La poubelle agrée, by Italo Calvino (trad. it.)

La società dei rifiuti, by Umberto Pagano

Détruir pour conserver, by Vittorio Marchis

Garbage Art

Michelangelo PIstoletto, La Vergine degli stracci, 1967.

Garbage Collection

In computer science, garbage collection (GC) is a form of automatic memory management. The garbage collector, or just collector, attempts to reclaim garbage, or memory occupied by objects that are no longer in use by the program. Garbage collection was invented by John McCarthy around 1959 to solve problems in Lisp.

See Wikipedia

Garbage Proverbs

Fa' 'o gallo 'ncoppa 'a munnezza - Fa' il gallo sulla spazzatura (vantarsi senza motivo).

Non è sì trista spazzatura, che non s'adopri una volta l'anno, né sì cattivo paniere, che non s'adopri alla vendemmia.

Chi rompe paga e i cocci... nelle spazzatura.

Garbage in, garbage out.


Garbage (uk)
Trash (uk)
Dirt (uk)
Refuse (uk)
Ordures (fr)
Déchets (fr)
Basura (sp)
Lixo (pt)
Smieci (pl)
Immondizia (it)
Spazzatura (it)
Monnezza (it dial Lazio)
Munnezza (it dial Naples)
Rusco (it dial Emilia)
A'mnis (it dial Piedmont)
Rumenta (it dial Liguria)
Sudicio (it dial Tuscany)
Scoasse (it dial Venice)
垃圾 (Lésé) (cn)
ごみ (Gomi) (jp)

A for Amiat
B for Basket
C for Cleanliness
D for Dirty
E for Enthropy
F for Fluff
G for Garbage
H for Hill
I for Incenerator
J for Junk
K for Kitsch
L for Landfill
M for Market
N for Napoli
O for Organic
P for Poubelle
Q for Quantity
R for Rubbish
S for Stink
T for Truck
U for Useless
V for Vide ordures
W for Waste
X for X-rated
Y for Yield
Z for Zero waste