Functional Art

What is it about functional art? As a model, let’s use

fa poonvoralak’s model entitled…


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]

  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.

As examples

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.

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.

As consequences:

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.]

I (Marvin) would give the model a new twist.

I say, let’s change the model so we don’t have to beg politicians to pass a law requiring one to put Relation before formal names. It would take forever and it’s not necessary.

When anyone wants to place the word Relation before formal names, go ahead and do it. There’s no law against it. Today, 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. Facing 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.

fa poonvoralak


to spur visions

We all know by now:
Our thinking can hold us back
because it can be too negative and wishful.

But don’t
we need some
negative to spare us disasters
some wishful to spur visions?

In the
wise words
of the wise everywhere:
“Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
In new words, Don’t take the
spices and knowhow
out of the

And the
saying could mean:
Notice what you’re doing! and
Don’t reveal your strategy before a contest. Etc.

Teachers can use the putting wise sayings into one’s own words to give their students a creative exercise using sayings like the above “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” And later ask, Who would like to read theirs? Then have them take turns reading what they have created and fun is likely to happen.

As you know, there are many books of great quotes and sayings to draw from. The combination of exposure to your selections of great thoughts and a child’s deep participation in the essence of the sayings can build a reservoir of lifelong positivity. (This is an opinion, obviously, but it may actually happen. It surely can’t hurt can it?) Also…

Parents can write a saying on a piece of paper and give it to their child and say “See if you can put this saying into your own words.” And afterwards, talk about what he or she has written.

Parents and teachers should give an example
when introducing the exercise.
Suggested time allowed for creation: 3-5 minutes or
until the class noise begins to rise.
Suggested age: The student or child should know
how to read and write.

To your students or child you might say ”You may be asking yourself Why are we doing this? It’s an exercise in creative writing. It gets your mind working to create something original. You’ll catch on and it’s fun…creation feels good.”

all of a sudden

What would we do if all of a sudden we had to communicate without asking questions?

Someone would have to invent the question and then give the shocking news to the world of the discovery of a new golden tool and how it works. If questions hadn’t come into existence, we might be going around giving each other commands like: Give me your opinion! And I mean it!

Were there questions before language? Perhaps using body language, a gesture, or grunts of a certain tone? I wonder about the moments when a human first asked a question as we do today and got an answer.

Do animals ask questions? Do insects? Earthlings like us couldn’t function properly without them. Are questions instinctual?

Does our type of civilization require questions? Asking for something in a courteous and polite way generally gets the information or object we want or need.

The questions of science aren’t that easy because the answers are usually unknown to everyone. Sometimes in science, it’s like asking for a sweetener, but no one knows for sure if a plant like sugarcane exists, and the search begins.

There are at least nineteen forms of the word question, five noun-definitions, two verb-definitions, and the word is used in the expression of at least nine different phrases.

hat’s next?

hat about doing ithout diphpherent letters of the alphabet?

working it out

Is the
key to life
working it out
so when one wakes after sleep, one
usually has something
to do?

Can one miss the chance of that
by chasing after riches?
But what about
if one
is good at
reeling in the riches?

Does every day broadcast a
day-of-all-days feeling
and our receivers
are usually


there is no one secret

Is there a secret to living a satisfying life? There is no one secret. There are a few simultaneous activities that can lead to having a satisfying life.

Almost all counselors are advising folks that meditation can take the edge off of things that keep us unsatisfied, and many of us continue to ignore this wise advice about this powerful one-of-a-kind tool.

Among us are folks who say “No thank you, I can make it in life without a crutch. Meditation is for wimps.” Are their minds closed or frozen? It’s their identities talking, not their beings.

The results of meditation (consciously relaxing and allowing language to peter out and then basking in the silence) are backed up by science.

Meditation is good for us. It’s high quality mental rest. And when we rest this way on a regular basis, the better this high-quality mental rest becomes and improves us as identities and relaxes us.

Why wouldn’t we take advantage of such a valuable tool that’s free? Well, there’s the time it takes, and it’s not easy to establish a daily practice. These are very good reasons but shut out the possibility of communing with your being.

why and what
happens with meditation:

A person’s ego is threatened by meditation because it feels it may loose its captain’s chair and no longer be in charge of its being, the human animal, and it also fears it might disappear completely, so it makes excuses and can give reasons why to not meditate today which is highly tempting because the ego is the one who put forth the reason and so agrees with itself. Understanding this is the way forward.

We tend to think meditation is a medicine for what ails us, which is true in a sense, when we can just as easily think of meditation as a better way to live: ignoring the medicine mindset and replacing it with a regular ingathering of healthy mental food in which silence is the main course.

Also (I’ve found out at least for myself) the older one gets (I’m 74), the healthier it is to eat paleo foods and to keep being active.

As I mentioned above, there are a few simultaneous activities that can lead to having a satisfying life. In my opinion they are: good food, good exercise, good relaxation, good fun, good work—daily or almost daily. Everyone on earth should have the freedom to earn and to choose and establish these activities…it’s an uphill road to get there but not impossible. Throughout history, time and time again, humans have accomplished what was thought to be impossible.