Research Projects

This is the Truth and Nothing but the Truth
The International Database of Corporate Commands
Fort Point, Boston, MA, USA
42 or 363 Definitions of Cartography
The Limits of Theory
The Analysis of Infinitely Small Things


November 07, 2005

This is the Truth and Nothing but the Truth

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On Wednesday, Nov 9th, 2005, the Institute conducted research at the opening reception for SOME SORT OF UNCERTAINTY at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

Officially part of the exhibition, the Institute's project consisted of telling lies to the public for two hours about what constituted the Institute's project.

LIST OF LIES TOLD BY THE INSTITUTE:

- The Institute installed the show.
- These lights are the Institute's work.
- The Institute's work is on the ceiling - it's up there.
- Each member of the Institute is carrying an artwork in their pocket.
- The Institute's project is to fix the work that is broken (Institute members would move pieces of other artists' work around without permission).
- The Institute put the salt on the pretzels.
- The temperature of the room changes from one side to another. The Institute did this.
- The Institute's artwork is in the bathroom - go look for it.
- The Institute's project is to raise money for a curator fee ( We raised $3.60).
- The Institute is secretly recording your conversations and will podcast them tomorrow. Don't tell anyone I told you this.
- The Institute did a collaborative work with all the artists in the show. The results are distributed throughout this building.
- The Institute pumped oxygen into the air to test what people's reactions would be.
- The Institute claimed credit for other artists' works (one video work by adriana rios, one floor piece by liz nofziger).
- The Institute's piece is in the mailbox labeled 666 and the combination is 12345. Open it to see the work.
- The Institute's work is distributed throughout the entire building - 1 piece in each room.
- The Institute's artwork is in the bathroom. If you go you will find it there.

SOME SORT OF UNCERTAINTY

EXHIBITION INFORMATION
Some Sort of Uncertainty
An exhibition curated by Adriana Rios
November 7-11, 2005

RECEPTION
Wednesday November 9th 6-8 pm
With one-night performances.

WORKS BY
The Institute for Infinitely Small Things
Douglas Weathersby
Lina Maria Giraldo
Nathalie Miebach
Bruce Campbell
Merritt Johnson
Matthew Lane
Adriana Rios
Liz Nofziger

ADDRESS
Massachusetts College of Art
Doran Gallery at the Artist's Residence
600 Rear Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

additional information
617-818-2446

Posted by Pirun at 07:08 PM

February 04, 2005

The International Database of Corporate Commands

LiveLikeYouMeanIt.jpgCALL FOR GLOBAL PARTICIPATION

The International Database of Corporate Commands is a research database open to submissions of corporate commands from researchers around the world. Researchers from around the world can upload text (multi-language support), metadata and photographic documentation of corporate commands in context.

PARTICIPATE HERE: www.corporatecommands.com

WHAT IS A CORPORATE COMMAND?
A Corporate Command is an instruction work, a call to action in the form of an imperative:

"Just Do It"
"Turn on the Future"
"Live without Limits"
"Tap into great taste"
"Think different"
"Ride the light"
"Live Like You Mean It"

It is the hypothesis of the Institute for Infinitely Small Things that these commands, largely and consciously ignored by a public over-saturated with advertisements, function at the scale of the infinitely small. Tiny events that do not disturb one's consciousness or disrupt one's identity as "free" agents, these commands seep under the surface of the individual and lay claim to the territory of the Deleuzian Virtual. Desire, memory, and future potentiality become territories for conquest and tactics for social and political control.

By compiling, tabulating, concretizing and enacting these commands in the International Database of Corporate Commands (IDCC), the Institute for Infinitely Small Things seeks to better understand the mechanisms behind this deployment of power and its larger cultural ramifications.

EVENTS & EXPEDITIONS:
The Institute for Infinitely Small Things will be using the IDCC to lead a series of public expeditions during the 2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival in April-May. The Institute's temporary laboratory will be situated at Space 200 at 200 State Street in Fanueil Hall. Please check the website for exact times and locations of expeditions: www.infinitelysmallthings.net

PARTNERSHIPS:
The Institute welcomes requests for Research Partnerships from institutions and individuals engaging with similar questions. The IDCC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license. We are interested in publishing, syndicating or linking to any research that is relevant to our mission.

CONTRIBUTE YOUR RESEARCH:
www.corporatecommands.com

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR INFINITELY SMALL THINGS
http://www.infinitelysmallthings.net
The Institute for Infinitely Small Things is a research organization dedicated to the creation, collection and documentation of all of the infinitely small things in the world, past, present and future. The Institute's research projects are concerned with creating a critical cartography through which to explore notions of political power, social controls, collective agency and human freedom.

Posted by kanarinka at 12:55 PM

September 24, 2004

Fort Point, Boston, MA, USA


The Institute for Infinitely Small Things has been commissioned by the Fort Point Cultural Council to create a mobile, temporary version of the Institute during Fort Point Open Studios to explore the next 100 years of the Fort Point area as a site of artistic activity and community. This project explores the pasts, presents and futures of Fort Point through interviews, performances and expeditions with residents and visitors.

This project will be presented as part of Fort Point Open Studios, October 16-17, 2004.

Research Goal:
Multiply the pasts, presents and futures of Fort Point. Expand the number of tenses from 3 (past, present, future) to 46 (the # of questions in our artist questionnaire) to infinity (the # of infinitely small things we will do and collect with participants at Open Studios).

Our process:

1) Past and Present Tenses: Interview artists that live and work in the Fort Point community

2) Future and other Tenses:

   a. Create guidebooks using the artist interviews as source texts.
   b. Using the guidebooks, conduct expeditions for infinitely small things with visitors and residents during Fort Point Open Studios.
   c. We will be roving throughout the neighborhood during the weekend. To find out where we are at any given time, CALL THE INSTITUTE HOTLINE at 617-501-2441.


[ read interview questionnaire ]

Posted by kanarinka at 07:47 PM | Comments (1)

September 12, 2004

42 or 363 Definitions of Cartography

[download pdf book]

A book published by the Institute for Infinitely Small Things in collaboration spurse's project "MAPPING THE WORKING COASTS:
AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE WORKING COASTS OF MAINE
".

Contents
Definitions #1 – 42: “The Limits of Cartography” compiled by Catherine D’Ignazio for The Institute for Infinitely Small Things, Summer, 2004

Definitions #43 - 363: “Definitions of the word 'map', 1649-1996” compiled by J.H. Andrews in the journal Cartographica , vol. xxxiii, 1998.

Schedule
This book will be part of a mobile library on the Vessel Sunbeam V during spurse's project "MAPPING THE WORKING COASTS:
AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE WORKING COASTS OF MAINE
".

The vessel will be at various locations on the coast of Maine between Tuesday, Sept. 14, to Sunday, Sept. 19.

See spurse's website for details.

Excerpt from spurse's site:

mapping the working coasts: The coast of Maine is undergoing a series of paradoxical changes. People are moving to the coast because of the lure of what it represents – a lifestyle of fishing, small communities, and the immediacy of the ocean. But in doing so, the viability of a coastal life interdependent with the working water is undermined. The existence of a complex dynamic historical relation between communities, both human and otherwise, that cross from land to sea and back is at risk of being lost. What is this complex actuality? What is this space of dynamic and contested alliances between human communities, the land, marine ecosystems, the ocean itself, global economic forces, and other forces? This contested historical moment produces an opportunity to rethink and reimagine the "working coasts"

Posted by kanarinka at 09:04 AM | Comments (1)

The Limits of Theory

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Research project and guidebook with notes on how to walk anywhere to investigate the limits of theory.

[View Slideshow] [Read Expedition Notes]

Research Goal
Find the limits of theory

Research Methodology
1. Add things to theory

2. Determine the point at which there are so many things added that one can no longer read the notes nor the expedition instructions

The research project is over when things have overflowed theory, that is to say, when the expedition can no longer read any instruction or any notes on any page of the guidebook.

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Posted by kanarinka at 08:25 AM

August 31, 2004

The Analysis of Infinitely Small Things

First page

"The Analysis of Infinitely Small Things" is a collaborative research project designed to examine and analyze the realm of the Infinitely Small.

The seminal text in the field of the Infinitely Small is a Calculus text called "L'Analyse des Infiniment Petits" (1696) by the Marquis de l’Hôpital. In order to begin a modern investigation of the Infinitely Small, kanarinka has transformed this text into a 200-foot-long scrolling guidebook bound in saran wrap with English instructions derived from the original French text.

Using kanarinka's guidebook in addition to magnifying glasses, microscopes, and other field research tools, members of each expedition will scour the everyday environment for Infinitely Small Things. Participants will carefully document and sample each Infinitely Small Thing using specially prepared research forms. Each research sample is later carefully digitized and published to this website in the catalog of Samples.

This expedition is part of a series of public expeditions that Kanarinka will lead in Boston (MA), Portland (ME), Chapel Hill (NC), New York (NY) and North Adams (MA). As there is a downloadable "Research Kit to find Infinitely Small Things", there may be other research samples contributed by expeditions from around the world.

Posted by kanarinka at 06:10 PM