"New-Method" No. 47
We introduce No. 47 of our email bulletin with our works and guest contributions. This issue features Keitetsu Murai for the contributor, a musician, who also used to help organize sound installation events at "P3 art and environment."
I don't know much about New-Method. I just saw some of their events, some of which left me only faint memory. But, here and now, I have a ballpoint pen with the word "New Method" printed on the side. This small item reminds me of this summer. I remember I chose it out of four souvenirs prepared for the visitor to their "New-Method Major Solo Exhibition." There was also a plain, transparent glass on which "New Method" is printed alike, but I didn't take it as it looked too much like a work of art. Now I feel a little regret about my choice, looking back the summer day gone forever. The wall was covered with exhibits documenting all of their activities, and the three members of New-Method, all clad in white long-sleeve skinny T-shirts and navy workman trousers, were trying to spend as much time as possible to complete a chair in construction. I remember it was Sunday, and the venue was called "dike" [a homonym of "carpenter" in Japanese, "daiku"]. This almost dazzling absurdity [of the pun] and yet spotless sincerity made them so beautiful.
My memory is not always certain. Everything disappears like sound decays in time. I always rely on memorandum to keep promises. If there is anything certain, it helps me fabricate memories again. Even a single pen becomes resistance to the destiny of oblivion. Or, even just a name will help.
[Web Works of the New-Methodicists]
- Takahiro Hirama
- Shogo Baba
Binary Data Display No. 2
HTML is media designed for visual perception, and displaying it in the binary data invokes infinite regression as one form of visualization entails another.
In this work, I display the binary data of the web page of my web work "Multi-Layered Matrix of Symbols No. 1" in hexadecimal (base 16) values.
(cf.) "Multi-Layered Matrix of Symbols No. 1" http://7x7whitebell.net/new-method/shogobaba/041_e.html
- Masaru Kaido
The prime factors of the height of Eiger
I worked out the prime factors of the height of the Eiger, a mountain of the Bernese Alps in the middle Switzerland, known for its steep north face. I printed out the numbers and framed the print.
- "New-Method" official webpage has been updated. http://7x7whitebell.net/new-method/
- Takahiro Hirama has updated his website. http://qwertyupoiu.archive661.com/
- Shogo Baba has updated his website. http://7x7whitebell.net/
- Masaru Kaido has updated his website. http://masarukaido.com/
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A line in the guest contribution, "This almost dazzling absurdity and yet spotless sincerity," reminds me of another contributor Sakurako Yamamoto back in Vol.22, who described New-Method as "(seemingly) plain and frank, very effortlessly inhuman, with no shadow of gloom and resentment."
I feel both impressions represent New-Method and its activities very well. (M)
Takahiro Hirama @qwertyu1357
Shogo Baba @shogobaba
Masaru Kaido @kaido1900