A cultural research into the opposite signifiance of this adjectives

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Project

A list of opposites adjectives, some blogs, a multidisciplinary exploration of concepts to decline in people and things, constantly referring to material culture and history, in order to create a network of intercultural relationship.

This is what they have tried to make the students of the master's degree in eco-design of the Politecnico di Torino, led by Professor Vittorio Marchis, within the course Hystory of Material Culture.

@ Visit Vittorio Marchi's Hystory of Material Culture blog

@ Explore students blogs:
Hot / Cold
Light / Dark
Cooked / Raw
Straight / Curved
Hard / Soft
Wet / Dry
Dark / Refractory
Large / Small
Waterproof / Porous
Wide / Narrow
Liquid / Solid
Smooth / Rough
Long / Short
Heavy / Light
Full / Empty
Regular / Irregular 
Resistant / Weak
Rigid / Flexible
Robust / Fragile
Natural / Artificial
Sharp / Rounded
Transparent / Opaque
Fast / Slow
New / Used
Thick / Thin

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fantasies in Permeable Structures - Laura Elrick

The book begins with two epigraphs, one from German visual artist Rosemarie Trockel, often described as a feminist, and a second from black poet Will Alexander. These epigraphs delineate the book’s central concern and approach: the complexities of “model” behaviors of resistance and the notion of imaginative language as resistance.


For injuries not serious enough to require a full-size bandage plaster protects the cut from friction, germs, damage, or dirt. Thus, the healing process of the body is less disturbed.
Plaster must be at the same time porous, to the skin to breathe, absorbent, usually having an absorbent pad with antiseptic, and waterproof, not to let out the blood.

Special blue bandages are used by food handlers. These are waterproof, have strong adhesive so they are less likely to fall off, and are usually bright blue in color so that it is obvious to the wearer if it has fallen off into some food.


Dams generally serve the primary purpose of retaining water or prevent water flow into specific land regions. But dams are not completely waterproof structures. Hydropower and pumped-storage hydroelectricity are often used in conjunction with dams to provide generate electricity. Infact stored water could be released through turbines to a generator. To boost the power generation capabilities of a dam, the water may be run through a large pipe called a penstock before the turbine.
During an armed conflict, a dam is to be considered as an "installation containing dangerous forces" and shall not be made the object of attack.

@B Do you know Three Gorges Dam?

Plato, Hyperuranium

According to Plato Iperuranio is that area beyond the sky where they reside ideas. So the hyperuranium is that world beyond the sky that has always existed in which the ideas are immutable and perfect, accessible only by the intellect, not visible from land and corruptible bodies. The supercelestial therefore behaves porous compared to the real world, but it is unattainable, and therefore waterproof. Plato speaks about the Hyperuranium in Phaedrus.

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Atoms vs. Monads

Experiment on atom interaction
For atomists natural world consists of two fundamental principles, atoms and void. Atoms are indestructible and immutable and there are an infinite variety of shapes and sizes. They are the smallest possible division of matter and cannot be split, cut nor in any way further divided, but they interact with each other, in a porous way.

Representation of the Pythagorean monad
The monads are "substantial forms of being", individual, subject to their own laws, un-interacting, and each reflecting the entire universe in a pre-established harmony. Monads are centers of force. Unlike atoms, monads possess no material or spatial character and have a complete mutual independence without interaction, they are impermeable.

Bergson, Closed and open societies

EU Parliament
In open societies, government is responsive and tolerant, and political mechanisms are transparent and flexible. The state keeps no secrets from itself in the public sense; it is a non-authoritarian society in which all are trusted with the knowledge of all.

military blocked the entrance to the Chinese parliament
Closed society claims to certain knowledge and ultimate truth lead to the attempted imposition of one version of reality.

Democracies are examples of the "open society," whereas totalitarian dictatorships, theocracy, and autocratic monarchies are examples of the "closed society."

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