[artinfo] WITPLan blog for practical utopists
Tjebbe van Tijen
tjebbe at imaginarymuseum.org
Thu Jan 21 00:25:22 CET 2010
Launched on new years day
WITPLan blog for practical utopists
A piece of paper and a pen, an idea, several people around, "what if
we could", discussions, jokes, scribbling, more words, bits of
sentences, someone starts to formulate, "yes! write that down",
scratched through sentences, new lines, "can you read it now, aloud...?"
That's how a WITPLAN (white plan) was born almost half a century ago.
Next thing was to get a typewriter and to hammer the words in the
waxed surface of a _paper stencil_ or use a pen or brush with a
special etching ink to make a kind of paper printing plate. All this
was two steps away from hitting the world with your plan. First the
duplicating machine to churn out hundred or more leaflets. Next to go
out in the streets and distribute the leaflets at a proper moment,
which would be often a ceremonial gathering in the form of a street
happening, whereby one had to make sure that some sympathizing
journalists in the nearby cafe would get their personal copy, to
increase the chances for posterity.
This new weblog WITPLAN offers another kind of meeting point for
_white plans_ in the 21st. century. White plans in which means and
ends are of the same order: social use of the liberating potentials
of technology combined with the joy of sharing. This blog is not
longing for the past but has a nostalgia for utopia, projecting the
liberating spirits from the past upon the future.
Tjebbe van Tijen
Imaginary Museum Projects
Dramatizing Historical Information
web-blog: The Limping Messenger
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