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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Qui métrise quoi ?

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.04.2021

The widespread use of GPS in route planners has opened the field to new relationships with mobility practices. It sometimes leads to mistakes, comical or tragic. This raises the question of our ability to integrate these new technologies without becoming "geographically challenged". This is not an abandonment of competence, but a temporary and agreed delegation of our own metrics. [...]

Nôtres Dames. Un chantier des mémoires

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.03.2021

The fire at Notre-Dame, during the night of 15 to 16 April 2019, opened the site for its reconstruction. It also freed up words and debate around the various projects presented. As none of them can be understood only in terms of technical solutions, we must ask ourselves what are the meanings and political implications of the proposals. Even more so those of the solution chosen. [...]

Cueillir les chasseurs, chasser les cueilleurs ? L’humanité face à ses natures.

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.02.2021

An active conflict between those who aim at protecting threatened species and those who advocate for taking care of fragile societies is taking place in African forests and, beyond, in the World. This controversy seems intractable as long as stakeholders stick to antithetical moral injunctions. Dialog pathways can be paved if an ethical debate open to all inhabitants-citizens are be invited can start. [...]

Touche-à-tout

Touchent à tout

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 02.01.2021

The health crisis linked to Sars CoV-2 has profoundly modified the codes and forms of sociability. Beyond the barrier gestures, a different World is taking shape. This text is a poetic exercise to account for all that individuals and social groups have lost and beyond the impoverishment of urbanity in this period. [...]

Une brève histoire de temps

Météo, langages et messages

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.12.2020

A much listened program, no doubt also heard, the weather report whispers daily in the ears of viewers. If the course is strictly marked and walked in, if the remarks seem anecdotal and only detailed. But some other messages, more political, may interfere indirectly. [...]

Aller nulle part, est-ce aller quelque part ?

Destination grande roue.

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 02.10.2020

In the context of the health crisis of 2020 and the ensuing collapse of air passenger traffic, several companies have successfully offered trips to nowhere. However, traveling without a specific destination is not a new practice, and these forms of mobility deserve to be questioned with regard to their spatial stakes. [...]

Laissez passer le passager.

Une expérience d’échange en écriture Twitter.

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. [...]

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