volume 5, issue 2 displays the work

A Diagram Is a Trivial Machine

Mario Asef

The idea of the diagram emerged almost at the same time as the idea of the machine, although we cannot really tell which existed first. However, it seems clear that both are intrinsically connected. Machines and diagrams can be seen as representations of a narrative system that leads the process of the creation of knowledge. What they share is essentially narrative: we create machines using diagrammatic narratives, and with these narratives, we create knowledge. Narratives are the real machines.

I generate diagrams with the purpose of understanding the narratives, forms, and aesthetics of sociocultural and political structures. This leaves room for the production of artistic works that can be introduced into the machinery of everyday life.

http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/artm/5/2

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