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Little Big Things

Little Big Things is a new section, proposed by the Chôros rhizome (, in partnership with Its purpose is to address a micro-event or a seemingly minor importance reality and to explore how far they can be approached as a total social fact. It is a "nothing" that might be better understood if connected to the big whole. This little thing is, then, not so little anymore.

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Recycler le cycle.

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.10.2019

Seasons are commonly presented as meteorological cycles deriving from climatic phenomena. They rather are conventional divisions of time and are part of the ritualization of social life’s repetitive components. As a result, when the presence or the absence of "natural" seasons and their supposed qualities or flaws are simplistically invoked, vigilance might be required. However, societies constantly strove to bypass cyclic weather constraints. Contradictions between official seasons and climatic practices actually paved the way for worthy-of-attention imaginaries and aesthetics. [...]

Couvrez ce selfie, que je ne saurais voir.

Se photographier sans s’encadrer ?

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 30.08.2019

Selfying is nowadays a massive and worldwide practice. Recently, certain types of schizophrenic selfies have increased, especially on social media. Pictures of oneself may be transformed, by image distortion but also by several concealment techniques. What are the real stakes of these developments in the space of societies ? [...]

Les cris des corps écrits.

Arts plastiques ?

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 04.07.2019

A practice almost as old as humanity itself, the technique of tattooing, an injection of ink under the skin, continues to be interpreted and reinterpreted, according to the times and societies. The contemporary period does not escape the phenomenon and, faced with the multiplication of these forms of writing that take the body as a page, invites reflection and questioning : what meanings, for tattooed people as well as for those who look at them ? [...]

Nous, le barabiku.

Un rhizome de chair et d’os.

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 03.06.2019

The word "barbecue" comes from an Arawak language, but it actually encompasses very ancient practices. BBQ has once epitomised a family-focused, partially communal lifestyle. Now, its presence in public space makes a difference and is playing a part in the emerging society of individuals as a global civil rhizome. [...]

Point à la ligne !

Quand le Petit Poucet apprend à dessiner…

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.05.2019

Tourist and sports itineraries or routes of memory can often be identified with an extent of development work on the land, and it can take sophisticated forms. But GPS drawing is quite an innovative way of practicing space. It requires a lot of new instruments of geo-localization. When the exercise is completely accomplished, an image or a text may appear on a numeric map. This produces new spaces and new spatialities. [...]

Playlist ou playback ?

Mémoires et sauts de mémoires du « sur-mesure de masse ».

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.04.2019

Conducted in an innocuous manner, the search for the title of a song heard in a mini-series mobilizes, however, the tools made available to all by information technologies. The sociologies of everyone cross the algorithms and other "filter bubbles". These forms of intelligence as well as their combinations, far beyond their amazing efficiency, question. Do the constructions of this contemporary "sur-mesure de masse" open up to the world or do they lock everyone with what they already know ? [...]

La solution à tous vos /pʁɔblɛm/.

Ce que nous dit la langue.

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.03.2019

Why did the word « problem » almost completely vanish from French-speaking public communication ? This event does confirm the importance of hyperbole, euphemism, and litotes in the dynamic of languages. This process also gives us clues about the actors of these changes: an uncoordinated multitude of ordinary speakers is capable, without any pre-set scheme, to set languages in motion. [...]

Mangez, c’est du luxe !

Le petit déjeuner, exception accessible.

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.02.2019

Réouvert en juillet 2018 après être resté fermé quatre ans pour d’importants travaux d’aménagement, l’hôtel Lutetia de Paris a d’emblée proposé des services de luxe au-delà de la simple hôtellerie. Centre de bien-être (associant spa, cours de fitness et de nutrition), piscine, salon de coiffure… viennent ainsi compléter une offre de restauration élargie. Comme d’autres [...]

Emporté par la foule.

Moment ordinaire de l’inhabitable.

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 03.01.2019

To experience the crowd, whether in the metropolitan area or anywhere else, is, strictly speaking, to suffer under the weight of others. What is revealed are the workings of these uninhabitable ordinary people, who occasionally populate daily life and make us wonder : is the « overflow » of men and women a reasonable way to think the notion of habiter (to dwell), starting from its worst variations ? [...]

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