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Cover the theme of the "walk" as a technology for brain training in history. Also interested in visual collection, found object art. Old/new
Curated by Clare Parsons
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Physiognomy the bodily technology

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In trying to sort out the definition of technology for this blog, I’ve reached a point where the abstract description of technology of self and perception just won’t do. One of the clea...
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The Wine of the Ragpicker

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High on the list of forgotten professions is the ragpicking trade. But looking back to the 19th-century we see that he or she was a figure of import, a kind of urban seer whose daily toil paid  off...
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Psychogeography and the urban walk

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One place to examine walking as a cognitive technology is the field of psychogeography.  This tongue-in-cheek “science” was pronounced as such by the Situationist Guy Debord in 1955.  I...
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My Counterfeit Nadar

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My favorite found object caused me a lot of speculation and confusion, but I still love it to this day.  While writing a dissertation on the “flaneur” or urban stroller, I was well-imme...
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Worn Through » Fashion Bytes — The Original Upcycling

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Do any of you use vintage pieces to teach your students about fashion history, or are their certain construction techniques that are better illustrated by vintage clothing? Is the wearing of vintage actually a bad thing, because ...


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Cognitive Technology? What?

Cognitive Technology? What? | Nomadic Optic | Scoop.it
Years ago, my doctoral advisor advised me to think of a quick definition for use in casual conversation, a response to a question like , “Flaneur? What is that? A fancy French pastry?” ...
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Nadar Balloniste

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One of my all-time favorite artists, Nadar photographed every available subject.  His portraits included one of the most famous of Baudelaire, notable for the way it portrays him defiant, coat on, ...
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Diss. Rework: Why flaneur?

Diss. Rework: Why flaneur? | Nomadic Optic | Scoop.it
The flaneur was always a man who meant to say no: a solitary figure in a city touches a nerve. Obviously, he’s broadcasting a desire for non-doing, opting out of a society by refusing to join...
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“Up-” or rather “Downcycling” in the Ancien Regime

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Wearing vintage is hardly a modern hipster eccentricity.  Hand-me-downs have always dominated in the pre-Walmart era. But in certain eras the custom had a greater effect on the social fabric of the...
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