"New-Method" No. 15

We introduce the email bulletin "New-Method" No. 15 with our works and guest contributions.  This issue features Tsubasa Tanaka for the contributor for the second contribution, who has contributed for this bulletin No. 8.  We asked him for the contribution about "Second New-Methodicist Manifesto" this time.

(cf.) http://7x7whitebell.net/new-method/manifesto2_e.html


A New Usage of Tautology
Tsubasa Tanaka (the Contributor for "New-Method" No. 15)

The manifesto of New-Method seems absent of the contents at all.  Remarkably the second manifesto is composed of the tautology "A is A" alone, uncompromising in its pursuit of nonsense.  Daily conversations or literary expressions normally contain somewhat implication, of which however I could not even sense a clue at all.  How come they dare to declare such a manifesto?

In the manifesto of Old-Methodicism, indulgence was subject to criticism as the negative aspect of freedom, and "stoicism and discipline" were advocated to commit themselves to the tautology (nonsense).  Their obsession appeared even dogmatic, but New-Method does not give such an impression at all and rather even appears enjoying the freedom that had been the enemy for Old-Methodicism (see their work "Sea Bathing").

Thus I made a hypothesis that New-Methodicism is "a non-dogmatic movement to affirm freedom" as an alternative development of the same theme "freedom" as Old-Methodicism had held.  Then it must be included in the manifesto as a matter of course.  However, things like freedom or non-dogmatism must contradict the binding of the manifesto in reality.  That is, once one claims to be free, then the binding "one must be free" emerges, while once one claims to be non-dogmatic, then the dogma "one must refuse the dogma" emerges, which in any case leads self-contradiction and ends up with a setback.  Then one comes to work out prescription for this paradox.  Can we interpret the tautology as this prescription? That is to say, the nonsense resulting from the tautology makes it possible to realize the freedom without the binding of the manifesto and to constitute an "ism" without the dogma.

cf. New-Method "Sea Bathing" http://7x7whitebell.net/new-method/sea_e.html

[Web Works of the New-Methodicists]

- Takahiro Hirama

"Fountain" is the work that Marcel Duchamp produced


"Fountain" is the work by French artist Marcel Duchamp(1887-1968) dated 1917.

- Shogo Baba

Ascending Order Sort No. 7 "Shell Sort"


Shell Sort is the refinement sort method of Insertion Sort. Shell Sort has been conceived after invention of the computing machinery, and supposes computing equipments.

- Hideki Nakazawa

Source and Execution No. 78 - 81


These four works share a common XHTML document, each with a different stylesheet just like previous works.  The XHTML document is written to generate four kinds of 100 identical boxes, that is, 400 boxes in total.  The stylesheet is written by inputting every 10 integers from 10 to 250 regularly for 25 numerical values which define the background and four kinds of boxes.  Appearance will change along with balance between window size and magnification, and with the language specifications of either Japanese or English.


- "New-Method" official webpage has been updated.  http://7x7whitebell.net/new-method/

- Takahiro Hirama has updated his website.  http://hrmtkhr.web.fc2.com/

- Shogo Baba has updated his website.  http://7x7whitebell.net/

- Hideki Nakazawa has updated his website.  http://aloalo.co.jp/nakazawa/

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[Editor's Note]

Happy New Year to you.  I wish all of you readers a great new year.  At the end of the year, I ate Tanzanian food for the first time.  Pilau, a rice dish cooked with cinnamon, cardamon, cumin and other spices is good smell and delicious.  If you have an opportunity, try to eat the Tanzanian food.  (Kaido)


Takahiro Hirama @qwertyu1357

Shogo Baba @shogobaba

Hideki Nakazawa @nakaZAWAHIDEKI


Masaru Kaido @kaido1900

Bulletin "New-Method" No. 15 English Version

Published on Jan. 4, 2012