December 17, 2007

Systems of Enclosure - additional comments

Being the last, all encompassing assignment, I struggled a bit with my system of enclosure. We have learned so much during this course, some things specific while others abstract, that the assignment to enclose all of our teachings into one overlapping structure seemed difficult. There seemed to be a lot of variability, and I was uncertain as to what the best way may be to guide my system of enclosure and guide my thoughts towards a solution. Interestingly enough however, my idea came as an illumination.

While in class searching for my idea, I decided to get on the web and look at my high school Wiki page. I chose to do this because for a while now I have been trying to get my friends and other alumni to use this Wiki page as a source for updates in job information, re-location information, or just an FYI on what is going on in their lives. My rationale for doing so was to stay in contact with one other, and being able to use this new technology seemed like a pretty good idea to accomplish this. Since everyone knew about Wikipedia, it wouldn't be as hard to get people hooked on the idea. Then, this idea hooked me.

The idea that I had was to take everything that I have learned from this class, wrote about in my blog, or commented upon on others blogs, and connect them through the flexible structure that a Wiki provides. As a benefit, the Wiki can allow users to upload a variety of print works to express a POAM. It can then describe that inspiration for making that style of artwork. It has a wider audience base than a normal print work and, most importantly, it is constantly evolving. With all users having the rights to alter a POAM, a NEW Poetic Form can be created; in one which that can constantly changed and evolve after the death of the original author.

Specifically, when I think about why I create a POAM, I do so for two reasons;

1. Because I need to express my ideas about my past because they have affected me so much that I feel the need to protect them over time OR...
2. Because I want others to experience what I have experience, or understand what I have felt.

Now, when I think about great poetry, one thing that always grasps my attention is the ability for me to connect to the reader, or for me to connect to the writer and be able to understand how he felt when he/she has created this type of poetry (whatever it may be). Creating a system of enclosure as a Wiki can act as a portal to identify the history of ones past to enable the reader to better connect to the writer and understand the significance of what he/she has made.

One caveat to using an Wiki as my system of enclosure is that due to its online capabilities, and its open-source structure, a wider audience has the ability to view the online poetry. In a sense, there are less boundaries as how it is created and who may have access to it (i.e. there is no cost of creating it and no cost to view it) These reasons may include (but are not the entire list) things such as using the margins, pictures, and video videos clips when creating a poem (or should I say POAM?).

Currently, the way in which a Wikipedia is set up is for anyone anywhere to be able to search for, or help write information that others may find useful. Much like how you can search for "poetry" in Wikipedia and come up with a plethora of information ideas, links, sublinks to those links, I wish for my system of enclose to begin by defining Limited Fork Poetics as another genre of poetry on Wikipedia for all others to use.

Binding this network is a system of interconnected computers that speak and share ideas over one simple, flexible platform (the Wiki platform). In this sense, a Wiki is much like poetry, because poetry in a broad sense is the ability for all users (whether the creator or the audience) to share ideas and establish a connection over a simple platform (i.e. the poem itself). One further facet of functionality that a Wiki can do that a normal poem cannot is for the author to provide historical information about their lives and reasons or inspiration for the creation of the POAM.

I believe the connections that can be made from this system are two-fold (however, there could be more that I am unaware of):

1. A physical connection between computers and/or servers AND

2. The subconscious connection between thoughts and ideas that both parties (the audience and the originator) may have a mutual interest in sharing.

Essentially this becomes a give and take relationship. Unlike a blog where there is less of a connection, in a Wiki the audience can become part of the poem itself, making it much more illuminating for everyone. Put another way, a Wiki is like an orchestra (everyone can create and participate) while a blog is like the conductor.

With a Wiki as a system of enclosure, I can not only describe the history of Limited Fork Poetics, I can use the Wiki as a speaker to all of its millions of users to inform them of that history and get them hooked on POAM that will begin to be uploaded in whatever way, shape or form.

If you think about it, without history, a Wiki cannot exist. However, without the Wiki, it may be as if the history never happened (i.e. the history cannot be remembered and is lost). I believe that the same can be said about poetry, specifically Limited Fork. Past experiences (i.e. history) has led to its creation; however, without the ability to record, redistribute, and vocalize your efforts, then all is lost. That is what I love about the Wiki as my system of enclosure; its duration is forever. It is constantly changing through new additions through users altering the original form of the POEM... YET THE OLD IS NEVER LOST!!! For pieces of poetry that are meant to be everlasting, they can be continued through time, thereby surpassing the limitations of time through Wiki in any version, any language, any culture, and any form (video, written, sound, etc.).

Continuing on with this idea of surpassing the limitations of time, I believe that in order to make this system of enclosure benefical, moreso than other systems out there, is be use Wiki as a system for more than just a ROUTE for information to travel in. What I mean is don't just use Wiki as a system to travel a piece of poetry from the creator to the audience. Use a Wiki as a route for Expression and a Route to Vocalize that Expression.

Now, I would like to define some of the characteristics of a Wiki as a system of Enclosure for Limited Fork Poetics.

Is it Flexible? - Yes, a Wiki is very flexible. Poems can be added, changed, deleted, remembered, commented on, link to other's POAMS, etc.

Is it Rigid?
- It is somewhat rigid. A Wiki has definite boundaries in the sense that one must have a computer and an internet connection to utilize this particular system of enclosure. However, it is fluid in the sense that you do not have to pay for its use and can access it from a variety of locations.

Is it Varied?
- Yes, it is very varied. A Wiki can encompass many forms of poetry. Its ability to adapt to whatever poetic form is being created is a definite advantage. A Wiki allows users to manipulate the representation of the Wiki page to be more conducive to the form, style and emotional appeal that the creator(s) are wishing to exploit to the readers.

Rules of Inclusion: - Although there are no rules per-say, but there are requirements that I mentioned earlier.
Included - any information relating to poetic forms
Exclusions - anything that does not add value in any way/shape/form to any of the creators or users.

One true facet of exclusion is no matter of its true origination, the POAM can only be viewed in 2D. However, this type of exclusion can be mitigated by leaving instructions to experience the POAM in 3D.

Are there any Subsystems? - Yes there are many subsystems. Because all users have the ability to re-create information based on a particular idea, each poem/page/user can be considered a type of subsystems to the Wiki. You can also linked external sources to the Wiki pages, such as websites, etc. These subsystems can lead to other systems, etc. This is why I like the Wiki as system of enclosure for Limited Fork so much. Much like the fork, the Wiki as a system can branch out in multiple ways, dimensions, forms, etc.

Hopefully, the Wiki as a system of enclosure for Limited Fork Poetics illuminates you as it unexpectedly illuminated me.

Thank you for having such a wonderful and illuminating class. I look forward to continue my life-long journey of learning through my new system of enclosure.

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December 16, 2007

Re-Make of 2D Mapping

Today I decided to remake my 2D map that coordinates with my 3D map of The Red Wheel Barrow. I chose to remake it because I had an illumination of how my 3D map should change to make it show how I felt, so I figured why not recreate my 2D map as well?

What this new 2D map represents is how the Red Wheel Barrow can meaning almost anything to me (but more importantly anything to anyone else). I chose to focus on the words "So much depends upon." While I am still focusing on these words, I chose to expand my thought process for what those words could transition into. For me, they transitioned into thoughts of my childhood, my oldschool soccer friends, my family, my high school, and the path I chose to get me to where I am today. Thus, I represent the abundance of mini-paths and encounters of individuals with a question mark. I find significance in this question mark, because it may hold a different value to me than it does to other people.

I believe the chickens presence is two-fold. First it is to show where my idea for the 2D map came from (that is from the poem itself). However, it is also meant to show how a new perspective (i.e. a new version of the poem) can mean different things to different people in different cultures and at different stages (or layers if you will) in ones life.

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December 15, 2007

The Great Situation ID Challenge - additional comments

This past Monday, you asked us to create a list of situations/properties(plural)/properties(possessive) of fork using play-doh. What made this interesting was that we were only constrained by our imaginations. Due to the elemental nature of what fork in Limited Fork or any other facet of life stands for, there was a plethora of ideas that we threw off of eachother. In order to record our results, we decided to take pictures and provide explanations for each of them.

This was one of my favorite representations, as it has multiple meanings. Our initial attempt was to try represent the fork as a symbol of power (or possibly a weapon), symbolizing it with a Trident. We also included the negative space of the trident to express that power and represenation of the Trident must come from elsewhere.

In these next two pictures, you can see that we showed the fork as a chair, but not just any chair.

First, the chair can be seen in its literal sense; as an object that can be sat upon. This is totally different that a more interesting interpretation can be a place where ideas and friendships can develop; just like what has happened to me during this semester while we have sat and expressed our ideas in class.

This picture was to give a relative representation of the space, both positive and negative, of the makeup of our group. The 4 spheres serve to represent 2 points. First, since our group was made of two girls and 2 guys, we needed to enhance the perspectives that were being utilized as we continued creating out fork ideas. The other point is the physical location of the spheres themselves. This represtnations the time and space between us as a group, as during the beginnign of the class we were not together collaborating as one unit. Lastly, the wheel contrasts the separation illuminates the unity that our group found in collaborating on ideas.

The next picture is of a computer, which represents the programming command fork().

In programming, a function was thought of, and the best way for programmers to remember to use it was to give it an appealing name. Essentially, the command copies itself by forking or branching out; thus, the reason for our connection.

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December 04, 2007

Illumination - Sunday Morning - additional comments

A few weeks ago in class, we were asked by you to search for students on North Campus and ascertain if poems have illuminated them in any way. Our group came up with a system of questions to derive just this; luckily while asking one student a serious of questions we were approached be another individual. This individual began explaining that she was part of a group that was creating a form of art, focusing on the poem "Sunday Morning" which answered exactly what we were looking for. Sunday Morning was supposed to be a production to be performed November 30 and in December in the Duderstadt. Sunday Morning is a poem by Wallace Steven's. After following this helpful individual and asking questions to her entire group, we (Nick James and I) gathered that each student read parts of the poem, and then spent weeks brainstorming what the poem meant to them, and the best way to act out what the poem meant to them. Afterwards, the director would guide their ideas, writers would help record and revise all of their ideas, and hence, Sunday Morning was born. Our group was very excited to discuss this with you in class, and after have a brief visit from the team themselves in our classroom that day, we informed everyone of the days they would be performing and urged others to attend. Sunday Morning, which I attended along with Nick James, was very inspiring to say the least (it was a packed house as well).

Before Nick and I attended the production, we tried to read the poem to be readily prepared for the interpretations that await us. I believe I can speak for Nick (as well as myself) when I say that the first time reading the poem we didn't have a good sense for what was going on, or what was being described. Even so, we did our best to gather that the poem talked of the last days of life of an individual, the things that were observed and then the journey to the afterlife, and the experiences of this person there. Many things are described in detail in the poem, of what I interpreted to be those last days on earth of the individual and the interactions with the things around that person.

The Production (or poam)

This production acutely reminded me of the production you were involved with (Arts and the Brain). The production allowed the audience to become apart of the poem as well as using the projector screens to amplify the emotional appeal. Making it more personal, the production narrated a story of a certain person moving from life to afterlife, and his experiences before and after he was 'living.' They also added a comedic element to the poem which made it even easier for me to relate to. When I think of the poem Sunday Morning from now on, instead of relating to the words of the poem, I will make a much stronger connection to the poam because of this production and its resonance to the topics we have build upon in this class. Its visual appeal and ability to provide a 3D map of a man's last days of life had a profound impact on me.

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December 03, 2007

TRANSIENT POAMS - additional comments

Comment posted by you (Professor Moss):

"Please don't overlook the poam configurations that exist within a scale that seems like incredible brevity from the human scale --poam configurations which may endure only as long as a lightning flash --sometimes the evidence is only a radiant pulse we (think) that we feel, we believe that we have experienced even when there is no proof but our commitment to belief."

When I first read this comment, I immediately thought about my dreams. The dreams I remember and those I wake up from in the middle of the night with a cold sweat only to forget in the morning. Smack in the middle of the moment you feel such a saturation of emotion and clarity in thought that you do not know how this could have ever slipped your conscious mind. These moments are the ones that are so dissatisfied to have if I am unable to remember them when I awake.

Many times I have dreamed something that I promised myself in the middle of the night I would remember. For some reason, I like to write down some of my more interesting dreams; I feel that they sometimes reflect my unconscious thoughts when I am awake. These thoughts in my dreams sprout from their need to surface themselves in my head; they crave attention. What better way than to express themselves freely in my head while I sleep. Furthermore, what better way to exemplify a poam configuration that may seem to last moments, seconds, hours, or even days (I could never really gauge how long I have been sleeping; I could only gauge how long my dream would last in my head while I was sleeping.)

Much like your thoughts about what a poam actually is (i.e. is it the act that creates the idea to write the poem or is it the actual poam on print/video media/etc.), I feel that dreaming and then writing poetry is the explanation for why I feel that it must be a combination of the two; segregated from each other, and you have a disoriented picture of what you want the audience to experience.

I am a believer in that the more you know about a person who writes poetry, the more you will enjoy their poems/poams. I say this because a printed poem is supposed to express emotions and feelings, an idea or thought (just to name a few); what better way to experience these things than a first hand encounter? Whether that be discussing the situation which led to the writer creating the poem, or actually experiencing it yourself, having that connecting (I believe) amplifies and illuminates the reader that if you were to know nothing.

Simply put, the more you understand and have experienced about the underlying factors that have contributed to the making of a poam, the more you will enjoy it. You could even argue that with enough encounters, you may become part of the poam (or future poam).

In addition, I believe the purpose of a poem and is audience is dependent upon the actions/factors that stimulate the thought. For example, there are many things I write about, very personal to me, which I do not want anyone to see. I write for my own pleasure to remember exactly how I felt at that moment; I do not want to loose any emphasis with time passing (which unfortunately many times I fee like I do). On the other hand, there are times which I write for the enjoyment of others. I desire the connection between the reader and myself; whether this connection is to illuminate them about my life does not really matter. What matters is that in some how, some way, I have added value to that individuals life. That is the pleasure I take in writing poetry.

I do not even need confirmation of this connection either; praise or criticism is not something I strive to obtain when I write poetry. Absolutely, I am eager to learn about how others respond to what I think/feel, but I do not need this to feel that I am making a difference. To answer your (Professor) question, I work hard to create poams because I know that if I do not, it will haunt me.

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December 02, 2007

The Great Situation ID challenge (YOU CAN WIN!) - additional comments

I found our exercise in class as a group determining situations of fork, properties of fork (plural), and property's of fork (possessive) very interesting. It was a fun exercise that allowed us to explore some unique characteristics that I may have never thought about on my own.

One thing that I found intriguing was the thought of a fork possessing something. The thought of a non-living object owning something was an image I had never really considered before. Needless to say, it led for a very fruitful discussion.

As we began to think about how a fork could possess something, we ran into the need to clarify between all three types of situations.

We agreed that there is no need to think that one distinction can only fall within one of the categories. Within each subcategory, there are numerous variations of a 'fork.' Many of these occurrences we found in everyday life. For example: the act of eating. For simplistic reasons, we can assume that there are many situations in which you would use a fork (i.e. to eat a steak). However, in the act of eating, you must pick up the food with the fork; therefore, at some point the food belongs to the fork and no longer to your plate or you.

After coming up with a laundry list of situations and physical properties, I realized that I learned the need to think and develop ideas in a creative, almost unorthodox, way. Doing so can expand your horizons and help you write poetry that be more meaningful due to the additional 'surfaces' of meaning you may embed within it.

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November 25, 2007

Illumination - additional comments

The past Thanksgiving holiday illuminated to me the true meaning of a family bond. Being in an immediate family of four has allowed me to be thankful for always having a sibling around. My brother is very close to be in age; being less than one year older than me, we have always done things together. We played on the same soccer teams, played tennis against each other and even had the opportunity to study for the same class while attending rival schools (my brother graduated from OSU last year). To better understand my illuminating experience of Thanksgiving break, it is essential that you understand how I was raised by my parents, and how that has affected my mindset as an individual.

My father was born and raised in Greece. Immigrating over to the United States with his brother at the ages of 16 and 15 respectively, they were forced to understanding the true meaning of a sibling bond. Neither my father nor my uncle understood how to read, write and speak English, however, they both managed to make their way in an unfamiliar place. They relied upon each other for things that normal Americans do not. Eventually, my father payed for my uncle to obtain a college education. He did this because he loved him. Needless to say, my father and uncle are very close; matter of fact, my entire Greek family (some who still live in Greece) speak daily.

I myself was raised this same way. Having a brother whose interests mimic mine, we have participated in almost everything together. We think the same. We share mutual friends. We even are successful on a relative scale; that is why spending my first Thanksgiving away from him had been an illuminating experience.

My brother an I are both interested in business finance, specifically investment banking. Investment banking requires putting in over 100 hours a week; it is more uncommon to have a free weekend than it is to enjoy one. That being said, the job is stressful, time consuming, and decisions are always made at the last minute. Having an investment banking internship this summer illuminated me to this fact (perhaps another illuminated moment although it already occurred), however, my parents were not. Once my brother called our house to let us know he could not join us for Thanksgiving due to work responsibilities is when my illuminating moment struck. Simply put, I realized how much I have taken for granted my family always being around me, and how I will be sacrificing what seems like a luxury of the bond I share with my brother.

For 21 years of my life, I have spent sharing every holiday with ALL of my family; this is no more. The sense of home and feeling of togetherness and security is no longer. I finally realized that it is time for me to start making a new home once I graduate college and enter the workforce. Although I believe that many people may have a similar illuminating moment, I believe mine has been amplified due to my family upbringing and values they have instilled within me. Visiting distant cousins in Greece almost every summer can be no longer what I look forward to with my brother, father and mother. No longer will I be able to play tennis with my brother every day of the summer or kick around a soccer ball. No longer will I have such a close relationship with my brother and have an opportunity to confide with him in every little decision I make. No longer will I have this guidance. My illuminating moment is the urgency to find a compromise between success in my career and my family and how do I plan to keep everything I adore so much about my life.

The biggest problem may not have even been addressed; none of my family members are about to do what I will; that is, work 100 hour weeks in a city that is out of driving distance. None will know the stress I am under or the responsibilities I will hold. I will have no one to confide in; yes my brother will be doing the same thing, however he will be too busy to talk just like I was this summer and just like he was this Thanksgiving break. That leaves me with my illuminating moment of being alone, really really alone.

As I think of my situation, and the situation of my brother, I can't help but think of the famous poem written by Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken." If you are unfamiliar, you can go see the poem here

My favorite lines of the poem are the last two (my version):

I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made

the difference

I feel these two lines (or in my version, 4-excluding spaces) most closely resemble the life choices I have made and how it will impact me, my family, and the relationships I hold with them. It is because of these choices that I am who I have become today, and also how I will raise my children. My only hope is that my children will share the same bond my father has with my uncle, or like I have with my brother; I hope that sense of family values stays intact.

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