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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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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... [...]

Assaisonnements.

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. [...]

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