Primes, Cues

A response to Prime que align repeat.

We went across the road to the Stor Centre Nord (the big north shopping centre), which is conveniently across the road from the university. Jonas and Lone ended up captured by the number 5 as a cue, and afterwards we discussed ways of responding to eg commercial cues in a shopping centre without necessarily being captured by them at a micro level (that is, in continuation to purchase etc). This was followed by some interesting conversation about attention.

Meanwhile Jette and I tried to work out system of cues and primes .. relational cues that kept us in some kind of relation along with a second set of cues and primes that were to do with the environment. Flocking was also an inspiration (and by the way this is kind of interesting in these terms). This led to a strange kind of dance outside the Stor Centre Nord, between the nearest trees and stones, hopping with yellow, skipping backwards with red, etc. Very much an experiment.

I’m still hopeful for a relational cue’d dérive as as kind of dance that everyone could do, although here of course you’d have to watch out for bicycles as well as cars, and the Situationists have been doing this kind of thing for ages (as have others such as Kate).

And actually, a few weeks ago Anna Munster pointed me towards this great organization Spurse, who do some interesting work on diagramming (Time Drills). There’s so much of this around when you look for it.

Jette and I tried to diagram what happened. Here’s a blurry picture.

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