illustration : Little Big Things

Little Big Things

Little Big Things is a new section, proposed by the Chôros rhizome (choros.place), in partnership with EspacesTemps.net. 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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Laissez passer le passager.

Xavier Bernier et Michel Lussault | 02.07.2020

This work is an exercise in style that is new on a formal level because it is entirely done in "Twitter writing", in the form of alternating exchanges of 280 signs. It is also a reflexive work and a research on the figure of the passenger in the space of societies. It is emblematic of the contemporary world and allows us to question the passage as a fundamental motif of human spatiality. [...]

Le parfum n’a pas d’odeur.

Pour une sémiologie du langage olfactif.

Irène Sartoretti | 02.06.2020

Perfumes are not only perceptions but, above all, images. Because of the difficulty of describing olfactive sensations and of the necessity of co-presence, smells are expressed by synesthetic metaphors, especially between visual and olfactive dimensions. In order to associate, without ambiguity, the smell ant the other senses, conventions tend to overburden the realm of perfume. If smell was considered a system of communication in itself, what would be its semiology? [...]

Sextinction ?

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.05.2020

Is there a ‘sextinction’ in progress? The recent observation that sexual practices are experiencing a reduction among the younger generation deserves a close scrutiny. Paradoxically, the liberation from constraints and taboos that had impacted sexuality has eventually made possible its relativization with regard to other activities. As a language, ethic, and culture, sex is being reinvented within the moving picture of social life. [...]

Mon psy à la maison ?

Mots tus et lieux dits.

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 02.03.2020

Une affiche dans le métro. Elle fait la publicité pour des psychologues venant au domicile des patients. Mais elle interroge aussi la nature de la relation entre les lieux et les habitants à travers les mots qui en résultent. Ce faisant, elle implique l’une des questions essentielles de l’habiter. Habite-t-on d’abord une langue ou des lieux ? [...]

Extension du domaine des sociétés.

Is space the new space?

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 02.02.2020

Different kinds of conquest are more and more about circumterrestrial and interplanetary space. It concerns directly the meaning of the World and the place of humanity. What does it really mean to live outside the Earth ? Based on the recent spectacular promotional events of Elon Musk’s societies, this paper aims to give a social point of view. [...]

Odyssées minuscules.

Le temps de l’aventure commence enfin.

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.01.2020

The ordinary people’s daily life is full of adventures and misadventures, but less and less of tragedies. This is the consequence of the growing density of the interactions they perform with their fellow humans, which protect them from disasters and even boost them towards happy endings. This emergence might be a typical feature of the contemporary world. [...]

Pisum sativum. De l’incroyable poids du petit pois.

Clara Breteau | 02.12.2019

A long-standing symbol of fertility, the pea found itself associated, in recent cultural history, with the « pin-up » fashion figure. However, it also cristallized a longing for death and « self-obliteration » in the work of the Japanese artist Kusama, famous for her « dot mania », and has recently become a prominent symbol of anorexia. Therefore, beyond its seeming insignificance and simplicity, the pea came out to embody complex relations to the body and conflicting types of [...]

Quand réussir c’est faillir, faillir c’est aussi réussir.

Mariage à la Cook.

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.11.2019

Seen through the experience of a couple on their honeymoon, the bankruptcy of the Thomas Cook company is structurally revealed as the all too successful success of a project aimed at training residents in tourism. Tom and Amelia are trapped in this situation. But this is without taking into account their ability to turn an unfavourable situation around and give it a successful outcome... [...]

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