A meaning to /beə(r)/: (A Dataist poem on becoming)

Joonas Vola (Artist)

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A psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Jacques Lacan has said “The reason we go to poetry is not for wisdom, but for the dismantling of wisdom”. Words, with their double meaning in writing, or resemblance while pronouncing, hold a world beyond fixed knowledge. Without a context, a relation to other words, they are everything and nothing. To be precise, as the science is ought to be, words need to pair up and line up, to acquire their fixed meaning, to become from bits of data into information applied into knowledge. European avant-gardist art movement Dada or Dadaism sought to reject the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern society in its totality, by expressing irrational nonsense in their works. Word "dada", either was due to a ramdom access to a dictionary, the first words of a child, or holds no meaning at all. To take this attempt of irrationality and combine it with the objectives of science, the outcome could be named as “Dataism”, a dismantling of scientific discourse, to abandon its conventional wisdom, and to establish an alternative horizon of possibilities. For science, to learn new, and not only to repeat old, asks for a radical intervention on scientific writing, or rather thinking. I write, therefore I think, because I write. Here is a futile attempt to do so, to rip apart, to connect and to give a voice, to study power, ethics and being.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLapin yliopisto
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
MoEC publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design

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