February 11, 2005

Very Small Objects

I found this link after browsing through Conrad Bakker's site about his minature wooden objects modeled after typical street waste. I can't link to it, but check out the "Classification Charts" link on the low left. They imagined up a working scientifict language to name tiny found objects. The pictures in the database are mysterious and beautiful...not to mention how well designed the site is. Some of the names are pretty humorous and specific despite the strangeness of the objects. Those of you who are extra small in body yourselves, can really understand the pleasures of scale in world where the small rule in secret.



At 11:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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.

*this comment from Bruce Sterling is fascinating, and even more so in the context of this other website. Thanks for the great presents Jake! I can't wait to catalog myself...

At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just catalogued myself!! I totally recommend that everyone do this, it was so much more exciting than I was anticipating, really a very interesting existential exercise. I have established that I am a:

*Vivi- (I invented this b/c he won't catalogue living things)
*part- (part of a complete whole)
*gift- (ok, maybe this is a little narcissistic, but I think its cute)
*nouse- (no apparent function or purpose)
*multico- (multicolored)
*round- (round but not spherical)
**this last one was the toughest to choose and I would say it hinges on my existential frame of mind at the time between either:
-biggerlik- (resembles something bigger than but like)
- unlik- (resembles nothing but itself)

At 1:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, maybe I didn't really get my information from Bruce Sterling's blog. It's actually slightly odd that I don't remember being at this site before or where I got the quote from, but here is the Institute's website:


At 1:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mystery solved, I did a few clicks and think I must have found it on Conrad Bakker's site. I went from the Small things site to MoCA's and they talked about an exhibit w/ Bakker. So maybe that's the connection... Anyway, I was pretty shocked when I saw that the exhibit was at the Clark but then realized that you had probably seen it and that's why it was a link.

At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't connected to The Institute for Infinitely Small Things. It's a totally separate project.


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