Notes on the Matrix: Pre-Writing Space

Yesterday in Notes on Architecture I found out that I was supposed to have turned in an assignment from the week before. yikes! I don’t remember that assignment and I didn’t see it in the handouts.

Luckily, bhanu kapil was nice enough to let me turn it in next week.

It looks like these short notes on ? assignments are going to be a regular part of the class, which means for the next few months they’ll be a regular part of my blog.

here’s the short version of what I’m turning in late next week:

In class last week we developed a matrix based on readings from Event Cities 3 by Bernard Tschumi.

I developed my matrix by working from across the top row from left to right then moving down to the next row. I wrote notes in each rectangle of the matrix. The notes were about a character and a process or change the character experiences. As vectors, the notes in each rectangle represented a point (character) and a direction (change).

I began by imagining myself staring down into a deep well and seeing faces of people stuck there. These were my points ?. The direction ? was always toward redemption but the change, which activated that direction ?, was unique to each point ?. In this matrix what is altered are the starting points and the ending points, but the direction is consistent.

The matrix is a pre-writing space with various functions. The matrix can be used to organize ideas and to discover connection between various ideas. The matrix can also be a space for generating ideas.

The first rectangle/vector of my matrix I used to write the creative assigment for the week (which I did turn in):

Point: A child with too much agency attempts suicide by cutting his wrist with found glass.

Change: The child fails and is comforted by his mother.

I’ve been reading comic books lately, specifically Firestorm and thinking about serial story telling. Many writers have written and published that way, Charles Dicken’s of course but also Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Upton Sinclair. Why did it stop? Can serial publishing be a way to make flash ? fiction more accessable to wider audience? And what about the web publishing and serial stories? It all sounds very interesting to me.

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