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An investigation of %Chance in human relations

My thinking related to chance - and reading Nietzsche - brought me to formulate a hypothesis that %Chance is not a regular attribute in human relations.

I have a facebook interface and decided to make an experiment with some other beings who I have never met. Using Chinese numerolgy I identified one person who should be most open to %Chance (if we can trust the numbers).

Her name is Mishka Masoet ( Then I chose another person for their unusual representation of themselves in facebook space-time. Her name is Lizinda Grobbelaar (

 Then I sent them both the following invitation:

 Mishka Masoet

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Lizinda Grobbelaar

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As part of our contributions to a possible African Renaissance, I invite you to collaborate with me and to make an art work for trans-end 2008.

My explorations are related to %Chance and %Trance


and I want to suggest that you meet each other in a free and open context and that you document your interactions and experiences as comprehensively as possible

and I suggest that you spend 48 hours together with no interruptions from anyone else and resulting from that interaction that we plan and produce an exhibition work for trans-end 2008 together

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and I hope you will consider the possibility


So far, I have not had a response, but remain hopefull that they will allow %Chance to enter their human relations practices.

The % project

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The two terms that have emerged so far (%Chance and %Trance) are usefull in a discussion about the limits of trance-formation, chance-formation and trans-formation, also new terms.
Although no definition can be given as yet these notions are broadly concerned with:
(1) trance-formation: the predicative character of metaphor in the formation of 'new metaphors' applied in transformative thinking and communicative acts.
(2) chance-formation: the liberating practices required to escape the former.
(3) trans-formation: is the product of the force balance between trance-formation and chance-formation. It is a vector in the present, pointing to the future.

My initial sketches related to the project are %Chance and %Trance Both works are archived at the internet archive. Link below.

archive website

Trance formation

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Monday, February 12, 2007

All human action transforms the world. This is true even if change bears no resemblance to intended change. Transformations effected through human actions are always spatiotemporal. Through action man creates himself and the world. In other words, the self is produced in relation to a world where man's actions always effect spatiotemporal transformations.

Disciplined actions or normalised actions - like image making writing and the combination of both - transform the world into a disciplined normalised spatiotemporal experience for other men. Experience in turn produces selves in relation to such a normalised world.

Disciplines function as control systems, regulating production in relation to norms. But for this to be true, norms must function as goals (or reference points) for productive outcomes. Such outcomes in turn produce spatiotemporal transformations with a high degree of regularity.

Regularity - rhythm, monotony, pattern, etc. - produce trance . To end trance one must disrupt regularity. To disrupt regularity is, to trance-end. To transcend is to create unexpected outcomes.

Trance formations are established in the world which fulfill all the requirements for man to relax into deep unconscious mental states from where it is not possible to return without catastrophe.

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