"New-Method" No. 12
"New-Method" released the "Second New-Methodicist Manifesto" on
September 4, 2011. "New-Method" also had their one year anniversary on
the same day. We introduce No. 12 of the email bulletin with our works
and guest contributions. This issue is published two months after the
previous, featuring Michiko Haga for the contributor, a critic and
holder of a master degree in aesthetics specialized in Yoko Ono and
Duchamp, a chess-maniac
Michiko Haga (Critic)
Why did Duchamp play the chess at all?
While putting away the well-known myth that the "father" of the
contemporary art took a pose of loving the loftiness of the chess
rather than vulgar art, if you take a little glance at correspondences
of Duchamp, you may find figure of a young man with surprisingly simple
enthusiasm for the depth of the chess.
"My ambition is to be a professional chess player (anti-fesses
Here is the letter he wrote to Tzara, the forefront of DADA. Still, we
might be able to consider it as an "anti" gesture of DADA in the sense
of this "jeu de mots" (word play).
Now it is very difficult to judge whether Duchamp's enthusiasm for the
chess was real or fake.
"Chess is my drug; don't you know it!" (note.2)
Through decades of devotion to the chess, Duchamp had surely acquired a
rather detached view to the art world as if watching across a
Is his motivation for the chess "beta" (means "simple and straight") or
"meta"? Shall we call this rip "meta-irony"?
Once concerned with Duchamp and the chess, we would be left in such a
Perhaps, we can interpret the mystery as we want to believe, following
"There is no solution, because there is no problem."
One may also find the similar feeling of being a little betrayed with
New-Methodicist, who proceeds computer algorithmic fabrication of
works, while just showing their sea bathing, developing a software
cuckoo clock, or choosing the cat for the title of a work. (note.3)
1 Affectionately, Marcel, Francis Naumann eds., 2000. p.97 (36)
2 ibid., p.165 (96)
3 "Sea Bathing" (C) "New-Method" 2011, "Cuckoo Clock" (C) "New-Method"
2011, "The cat" (C) Takahiro Hirama 2011
[Web Works of the New-Methodicists]
- Takahiro Hirama
"Mona Lisa" is the work which Leonardo da Vinci made
Mona Lisa is a portrait by the Italian artist Leonardo da
Vinci(1452-1519), completed circa 1503-1506.
It is on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
- Shogo Baba
Ascending Order Sort No. 4 "Odd-even Transposition Sort"
"Ascending Order Sort" is a method. A method itself does not vary.
Essentially, "Ascending Order Sort" itself is a work without its
embodiment. When a method is embodied, it is for intuition.
- Hideki Nakazawa
Source and Execution No. 66 - 69
Information of webpage structure is written widely with HTML (or
XHTML), while information of its appearance with stylesheet as of 2011.
This is the first case to have used stylesheet in this series. These
four works share a common XHTML document, each with a different
stylesheet. I have written four pieces of stylesheet by substituting
every 10 integers from 10 to 250 regularly for 25 numerical values
which define the "box."
- Second New-Methodicist Manifesto
- Second New-Methodicist Manifesto in park
- Uploading Event (New-Method Night Vol. 1)
http://togetter.com/li/179783 (Japanese only)
- Sixth Dai2kin (New-Method Night Vol. 2)
http://togetter.com/li/186114 (Japanese only)
- "New-Method" official webpage has been updated.
- Takahiro Hirama has updated his website.
- Shogo Baba has updated his website. http://7x7whitebell.net/
- Hideki Nakazawa has updated his website.
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Bulletin "New-Method" No. 12 English Version
Published on Oct. 4, 2011