I want to write about how we share emotion in an age of rigid segmentation

Featured Image: how highly segmented Experien credit and spending data becomes the norm in social and cultural planning: The Rotterdam Arts & Culture Segmentation Model An effective approach to culturalmarketing in the greater Rotterdam areaFigure-2-Illustration-of-the-segmentation-process-in-part-of-the-M1-mosaic-left

and above, another mosaic, a biological one, which explains that such segmentations and maps for an understanding of biological circulation are always, only tentative, provisional.  

And we need that sense of common sense, space to breathe, to grow, to change and regenerate. We are not just our segmented, marketed selves, we’ve forgotten that we are all, always, on a journey. We owe it to everyone who has ever been alive to connect with the people who have sacrificed so much of all of us.

The history of a door.

reclaimed front door

It’s an old door and I prepare it and strip it and find the old brass knocker and the later door number.


Two periods. 1950 and 1970. They were never meant to write the door’s history but, now for me, in our new home I seize on these two objects, feel they’re special, significant, beautiful in their common or garden ugliness.

brass door knocker70s door numbers

The images above are approximations of the real thing.

And it’s the same when you want to express the importance of what went before, say between 1950 and 1970 and now, 2017 you have to look back, although we’re trained never to do so. Our history after the second world war goes back so much further: we’re all products of everything that’s ever happened. Rubbing out things, people, voices and stories that you don’t like, don’t approve of, don’t believe or think important says more about you than them.

In the next article I’m going to try and prepare the ground to understand social exclusion in a meaningful way. The article after that will try to write about the millions of people who work to make us all part of the mainstream: rich, poor, in the middle because one thing that unites rich and poor is that it’s not just about richness or poverty, it’s about a desire for culture and improvements. People who know that we will really be successful when when social mobility and success isn’t based on the failure and disintegration of other people, other histories, other understandings of the world.

It’s obvious to everyone.


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