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Fig. – (book cover) “Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software” (additional link) is a book written by media theorist Steven Berlin Johnson, published in 2001,  Scribner. New York, NY.

The patterns are simple, but followed together, they make for a whole that is wiser than the sum of its parts. Go for a walk; cultivate hunches; write everything down, but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffee houses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle; reinvent. Build a tangled bank.” — Steven Johnson.

Forbidden Images (from CineGraphic Studios, 2007) is a short documentary made for the 72 Hour Film Festival in Frederick, Maryland. All of the clips used in this film came from a reel of 35mm nitrate found in an old theatre somewhere in Pennsylvania. The projectionist clipped these scenes to meet local moral standards of the time. Amazing how sadly all images refer to women. The short 2007 documentary starts with the following paragraphs:

[…] In the past film makers and theatre owners were forced to remove the following so-called scandalous scenes or face arrest. Will our current forms of censorship and moral standards appear just as ridiculous to future audiences? Do NOT let others dictate how you should present yourself or your art…; Risk more than other’s think it’s safe […]

[...] People should learn how to play Lego with their minds. Concepts are building bricks [...] V. Ramos, 2002.

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