Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Our love for Venn-diagrams

Shane has inspired us to utilize venn-diagrams as a tool to analyze our social reality. I thought it might be stimulating to get a debate going on the venn-diagrams presented in this post. Response to the following questions would be highly appreciated (as a comment or even a whole blog post):

(a) Which of these venn-diagrams can you best relate to your own life?

(b) In the diagram you chose in (a), what does A, B, possibly C represent? Are they people, emotions, thoughts, institutions etc.?

(c) In the venn-diagram you chose, what is happening in the overlapping area?

(d) Do you miss an alternative of mutually exclusive circles?

(or you can just write something else)

Have a good day cartoonish cute one and shane shane shane (like in the song "shane, shane, shane, shane is cool" my brother still sings this song pretty much every time I see him)!


Sofie said...

i'll think about it...
it needs a bit of consideration before i can vennize myself.

Shane said...

(a) In the interest of all cheesiness (I have been feeling very cheesy lately, I think it is being sick, that just makes me want to listen to cheesy music and act cheesy), I am going to have to choose the bottom one, the one with the three colored circles.
(b) Here is why it is so cheesy: Because it is us! Else, Sofie, and Shane. A, B, C. So, people. And the colors are our characteristics. So for example, in the spot between A and B, which is green, this is something that only Else and Sofie share, but not Shane, such as, "From Norway." The stuff that is only in B but not in the others is just about Sofie is stuff such as "Was on British Style Genius." And A, just about Else, such as, "Expert speech maker, especially when just woken up." And C, just about Shane, such as, "Middle name is Ellen."
(c) And, for example, as you asked, the spot in the middle where all three overlap is what we all share, such as "Write on the World and other Issues," or, "Used to live in India," or, "Super Fabulous," etc.
(d) Now that I have thought about it, no, at least as long as we are talking about people, because you will always find some overlap, no matter how small.
Love love love.
Cough cough cough.

Else said...

you present a great ability to apply abstract models to real life. I love it!

Sofie said...

a) because my life is quite devoted to schoolwork these days, and because Shane already used the friendship model for her Venn (funnily meaning "friend" in Norwegian) diagram, I will choose the top right diagram with two circles.

b) This is rather boring: A is the communal, noisy and happening part of my building, and B is the quiet, individual sleeping cell part of my building.
How strange I made this Venn diagram the other day when I was working on my design, to get my head around things.

c) The middle bit is the in-between spaces, the courtyard, the circulation, where you may find peace and tranquility, but maybe people are rushing around to get to their practice.

d) well, no, I think a building needs to be a bunch of overlapping circles. However, I wish I could put a little circle in the middle of the middle bit - this would be my main performance space, somewhere in between communal and individual, where they are making music together, with their individual skills. And this space is separate to the chaos of daily life. A sanctuary in the middle!

Sorry this was quite specific, but I dream about this at night. So it's just what came to me.

Ps, Shane, in your diagram the middle bit would contain "was on British Style Genius", because we were all on it!
Else, what's your diagram?
Much love to all...

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