“FourFortyFour theory”

is about islands in the ocean of time. Moments such as one eleven, two twenty two, etc, are according to this theory, remarkable events . I and different friends noticed this fact, because whenever we would look our watch it happen to be a FourFortyFour moment. So, we start keeping calendars and see what that means. We don’t know yet…

FOURFORTYFOUR theory, Miltos Manetas, Los Angeles, 2001

“The letter M and N”

The letter M and N are exactly in the middle of different alphabets.. There are 11 letters from A to M and 11 letters from N to Omega for the Greek alphabet, 12 letters from A to M and 12 letters from N to Z for the English alphabet, 12 letters from A to M and 12 letters from N to Zeta for the Italian, 12 letters from A to M and 12 letters from N to Zed for the French, 12 letters from A to M and 12 letters from N to Zeh for the Portugese,14 letters from A to M and 14 letters from N to Tsett for the German, 15 from A to M and 15 letters from N to E for the Islandic alfabet. At Spanish alphabet that disposes of a a double n (n and ñ ), MNÑ are in the middle.. Now try to substitute- in words and names- the M with the N and the vice versa and you will see how horrible that universe is. Miltos Manetas, becomes Niltos Nanetas – an unlucky person, Mai Ueda is now Nai Ueda, the city of New York is "Mew York", successful Miuccia Prada, becomes Niuccia Prada and the famous singer Eminem, becomes Enimen- the “any man”. New becomes "mew", Never a "mever", Nicola a "Micola", IBM an "IBN". There are of course names and words that do not have an M or an N. Can't these concepts turn to "Compcets"? Is "APPLE" a monolithic APPLE? What happens to the side of the universe that doesn't have a correspondent UMIVERSE? It's also curious that Neen-with its two "N", becomes a MEEM and that a Meme becomes a Nene.

EMINEM Theory, Miltos Manetas, Los Angeles, 2002

“Our (New Strange) life”

is giving us today the chance to PARTECIPATE and to ACT in all kind of events, either we are chosen and invited to be part of them, either un-invited. Either those events are still happening or even if they are already concluded.

We certainly have a choice to decide and partecipate in such events or to not participate, but when it comes to events that INCLUDE us already (because of our association with the concepts or with the actors that are generating these events), then we DO NOT have choice: we are obliged to partecipate. What oblige us? The future sequence of our own life! (How can one go on living if he/she could easily have influenced the future form of his life and didn't?)

- The eternal question: "What Is to be Done"? We need to find a "Neen way" to dedicate ourselves to the development of ventures that are closely related to our own concepts and life. Alienation from the actors and directors of such ventures, is NOT allowed, Irony is not allowed either (unless it is "Socratic"). Negotiation can't be interrupted, for any reason. (You are not allowed to BLOCK someone on Facebook for example).

Transparency is a MUST in all actions we may undertake, immediacy too- on cost to appear sometimes "sketchy" or "naive".. Re-construction, is the technique to recover and to energize events that went all wrong and to turn them instead into a Perfect Past which we can use to build our Ideal Future.

Controlled and well-staged animosity/antagonism/disrespect/unfriendliness, even hostility, can be used and encouraged. Still, we should always aim for Togetherness, never permit- neither to our collaborators, nor to our adversaries, to distance themselves from such Togetherness.

XENAKIS Theory, Miltos Manetas. Written in the context of DOCUMENTA 14, Bogota, 2017