"New-Method" No. 32
We introduce the email bulletin "New-Method" with our works and guest contributions. This issue No. 32 features Kae Ishii, an art history researcher who has once contributed for our bulletin No. 2. She will hold a joint exhibition "seikae" with sei, a singer, at 20202 in July.
Variation of No Individuality
Kae Ishii (Art Historian)
I'd like to discuss the "New-" of New-Method. New-Method has a point in common with (old-)Method in that they both prohibit free expressions and pursue the method itself. But New-Method has nullified a principle that commanded (old-)Method to eliminate any potential elements of pleasure, which I think makes New-Method "New-." New-Method often appears having fun, such as just playing cards or going to sea-bathing. However, whether they enjoy or not wouldn't be important. It can be understood as a new way to forbid freedom by committing themselves to have fun when the given situation is considered objectively enjoyable.
It might be that the top priority of New-Method is to disclaim individuality. Denial of originality is the best method to achieve this. Thus the lack of originality constitutes their activities based on three attitudes; namely "no content", "no choice" and "mimicry."
As for "no content," we can think of works like their tautological "New-Methodicist Manifesto," plain declaration of the days of the week or simple time announcement in "cuckoo clock," and "New-Method Auction" that auctioned its auction process itself. Then, "no choice" can be seen in a work like "Third New-Methodicist Manifesto" that just enumerated words at random. Examples of "mimicry" can be found in their manifestoes and bulletins as both emulating (old-)Method activities, "Uploading Event" adapted from "Dropping Event" by Hi-Red Center, and "Operation Anonymous Cleaning Service" as a parody of a similar operation by Anonymous. As those cases demonstrate, the whole activity of New-Method is variation of no individuality.
Incidentally, as a result of "no choice," they sometimes come to practice austerities, such as sitting under a water fall or "Third New-Methodicist Manifesto," as if offsetting pleasure they have happened to enjoy through their activities. This would be also worth attention.
[Web Works of the New-Methodicists]
- Takahiro Hirama
- Shogo Baba
Input and Output No. 8
IN "INPUT AND OUTPUT NO. 8", KEYBOARD INPUT IS OUTPUT WITHOUT CHANGES.
- Masaru Kaido
I listed a number of questions. These questions were all indifferently produced. The total number and contents of these questions have neither meaning nor answer.
- "Early Rising" http://7x7whitebell.net/new-method/earlyrising_e.html
- "Jigsaw Puzzle" June 30, 2013 Demonstration and live-broadcasting http://7x7whitebell.net/new-method/puzzle.html
- "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/
- Masaru Kaido has updated his website. http://masarukaido.com/
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Hideki Nakazawa has a lecture class "Method and New-Method" at Rikkyo University. The former members of Method participated in it last June. New-Method is also going to appear in the lecture in July. Nakazawa, the founder of Methodicism, has come to mention "Method" with maintaining a certain distance. (M)
Takahiro Hirama @qwertyu1357
Shogo Baba @shogobaba
Masaru Kaido @kaido1900
Bulletin "New-Method" No. 32 English Version
Published on Jul. 4, 2013