What is it about functional art? As a model, let’s use
fa poonvoralak’s model entitled…
A MODEL OF FUNCTIONAL ART
fa was born VICHIEN POONVORALAK 16 MAY 1963, in BANGKOK, THAILAND and later changed his first name. He had written many books of poetry and in 1989, he wrote A Book of Ordinary Writings. [The title may have been putting across the point this book was not poetry.
He says this about it…]
“For this book, I am publishing 25,000 copies and have chosen a whole set as my target. I am posting them to all the publishers in the USA, from alphabet a to z, including numerous unlikely candidates [I’m sure that’s how I got his packet of books] to create a complete field which, although it is simple and always stands in front of us, and usually escapes from our touch by our own cleverness and selections.
“The operation itself is as important as the writings and should be considered an integral part of my work. It would be nice if there were an offer from a publisher. But it is still fine if there is none; because the operation is complete.”
[In the packet of small books I received, he states publishers and anyone else can use, copy, and publish any of the writing in the packet with or without permission by him or remuneration to him. Below is his functional art book. Republished here July16, 2016, by questionsnow.wordpress.com]
A Model of Functional Art
2 February 1990
I am going to define a new form of art which I will call Functional Art.
This art will perform like a program, once it has been started, it will work continuous until it is turned off.
It will work like a function.
There can be infinitely many models of functional art. I am going to build up just one of them.
The idea of my model is this
I will propose to a government to declare a law that in front of the formal name of each person we are going to add a word: Relation.
Mr William Shakespeare
Mr Albert Einstein
In this model will become
Relation William Shakespeare
Relation Albert Einstein
Relation WD Rubinstein
Relation Hans Robert Hansen
Relation Felix Perez Martinez
Relation Martin Luther
[etc. etc. etc.
7 billion + times]
As an example, Relation John Brown.
His friends just call him John or Johnny.
Only in formal settings do they call him Mr John Brown. With the change, on this same type of occasion everyone would address him formally as
Relation John Brown
So what humankind loses is just simply a set of non-essential words like Mr, Mrs etc. But what we gain is beyond imagination.
The whole structure of humankind will be transformed by one single word.
A functional art is like life, once it is born, it will move and grow up by itself.
The model will become a field of energy which will force humankind into a new form.
A basic idea of functional art is how can we transform an object which is infinitely large by using just one little finger.
The model will treat humankind like a single point; push and pull it as if it is a small worm.
Yet it will reserve all of the positive characteristics of humans. For example, love, friendship, sympathy, etc. without having to teach them.
You can try sub-models by using other words than relation. For my part I think relation is appropriate because relation is a kind of function and is not without love and friendship.
I choose the weak word relation. There are stronger words, but they cannot serve humanity.
The most important property of the model is this…
numerous unsolved problems of humankind, in each field, will be solved without having to solve them because they are nonexistent in the model.
My model is also a direct answer to the following questions.
It is a well know fact the earth is round, but can we feel the roundness of the earth?
Relativity is a well-known knowledge, but can we feel the relativity in everyday life?
You know that Mr A who is standing in front of you is a human being, but can you feel he is a human being?
Or you can put all of those questions into a generalized form: You know that it is x, but can you feel it is x?
I can see no way out, as long as we live in the present model of humankind, unless we have a change of the model.
Of course, one cannot see the result of my model in a short space of time. It will take a few decades for a new generation to be completely aware that one is a relation and all the others are relations.
For a new generation to be completely aware that one is an operation and all the others are operations, one may be unique or one may not.
Today one is aware that one is a human being.
It probably takes millions of years for a life to be aware of itself as a life.
It probably takes hundreds of thousands of years for a human being to be aware of itself as a human being.
How long will it take for a function to be aware of itself as a function?
Some readers probably still have not understood the extent of the model. It is not just simply a substitution of words.
Although, it is so in the beginning.
The word relation will appear in designs everywhere, education, buildings, agriculture, politics, industry, etc.
Why? Because everyone is a relation. From now on, a murderer is a relation, a prostitute is a relation, a postman is a relation, a student is a relation, etc.
It is like playing a game, but this is not a trivial game.
Someone may come up with a better model, or even a better sub-model of my model, and that means one can find a more efficient word than relation.
I admit that my model is just a primitive prototype.
But the value of my words lies in the concept of functional art in the method of building up one model of it.
[This is the end of the book.]
Maybe the model needs a new twist because of a changed world.
We can change the model so we don’t have to get politicians to pass a law requiring everyone to put Relation before formal names. It would take forever and it’s probably not necessary.
When anyone wants to place the word Relation before formal names, go ahead and do it. There’s no law against it. We have the global web to propagate the usage of such a wonderful practice. All we have to do is to use and propagate the idea, and folks will see for themselves.
Like fa said, the model will keep on keeping on until it’s turned off, and what earth and its creatures have to gain is beyond imagination. Face the fact we all are related, at the minimum of cousins all.
If you would like to write to fa, this is the address he gave in the packet of books I received twenty something years ago. He may still be there.
1387/6 TAK SIN ROAD
Source: Functional Art