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December 17, 2007

System of Enclosure

At first, I struggle a bit with my system of enclosure, there was too much variability for me, I was lost and didn't know what direction to go in. But after talking with Professor Moss, I was a bit re-guided in my decision making, and certainly less frustrated. I chose as my system of enclosure a visual display that best sums up my posts, connects them together, shows how they are intertwined, points out the forks between them and best expresses my approach to poetry and how that was represented, and evolved in this class.

The idea that I had was to take all of my blogs and write the title of each on the same piece of paper, and then below each name of the post, to find the major themes of the post, and take this idea, and find someway that all of the ideas connect. Admittedly, before I started working on this project, I had no idea how the posts would fit together, I had some thoughts in mind (one I remember in particular was all of the posts arranged along the outside making up a circle and on the inside all of the topics) of how this would come up, but was dedicated to it being a fluid idea, one that could adapt and change as I was working on it.

My first step was to write out the titles of all of my posts, and the major themes addressed in each. The pictures of those are below.


After I had finished this step is where the real brainstorming came in. I had to think of a way that could best represent what this blog represented, and how in one post I could sum it up. I started by taking all of the major themes and seeing how many of them overlapped, which turned out to be a lot. Since I saw that compared to the number of posts, the number of themes was much less, so I started thinking back to this idea of having the themes in the middle, and the posts on the outside. So I started thinking about what shape, or what configuration would best represent what was in the blog. The idea that came to me was to have all of the themes arranged in the middle lined up, and then the post titles on both sides. My resulting configuration is shown below:

What things in this represent this blog? Well it was built from the middle out. The themes are arranged from the one most referenced (personal impact) in the middle to the ones least referenced (overlapping meaning) on the outside. The posts were arranged from the middle out as well, but by date as the guiding factor. This represents how the blog was built, I started at the beginning and added posts that helped to fill out the bulk. As can be seen, this mapping is a complex systems, where there is a system of connections, and much overlapping between topics. I think this arrangement best suited my blog because the 'neatness' of the arrangement appeals to me as an engineer. I also found it very interesting that there is no post that is completely isolated from the others. Each poem can be related to all the others through the themes.

Posted by ndjames at December 17, 2007 05:04 PM


Neatness (or more precisely a system whose logic of arrangement may be determined --so isn't necessarily immediately apparent or accessible but may become so) appeals to me as well; the "chaos" of a dynamic system can refer to the inability to predict specific outcomes the outcomes are likely to fit within the rules of enclosure for the particular system being considered

which is to say most trees are recognizable as trees; most clouds as clouds and so forth, so the (relative) infinity of available possibilities tends to be bounded, will occur within parameters of the enclosure system.

So I tend not to make random gestures in my projects; I need an area of inquiry. I do not want to know the results of the inquiry, for I am involved in the inquiry in order to determine outcomes, but I like to have a reason to investigate in a particular manner.

Were this not the case, I might have made "animated" text pieces years ago, as gimmicks, but I don't find that as satisfying. Once the theory emerged, I had reason to study interactions; the making of poams is a necessary part of my research --there is a rationale that can be articulated; there is documentation that others can follow, though as equally aesthetic undertakings, the results, the poams themselves are not subject to the duplication of results via peer experiments.

Anyway, even in a pile of leaves, there is order. There is an explanation as to how a particular leaf landed in a particular location in a particular position, and the pile itself is a complex pattern composed of smaller pattern units, pattern subsystems.

The structure of your enclosure seems particularly sturdy through the reinforcement provided by the system of tethering and cross-tethering. Patterns of growth dominate, and that is especially pleasing to see.

--There is also resemblance to a multi-legged segmented organism.

Posted by: thyliasm at December 21, 2007 10:42 PM

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