David M. Boje, February 5, 2012; Revised May 17 2013
Figure 1 - The Quantum 'Double' Spiral
Quantum 'Double" Spirals of Storytelling Organization and Environment allow us to explore Turbulence in new and important ways. Please join us at the 2nd Annual Quantum Storytelling conference.
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- 2012 Bonifer's photo library of conference and workshop
- Click here for YouTube film of photos from the conference, special moments of materiality and humanity in our Quantum Storytelling - by Daphne Deporres
Quantum Storytelling is defined here as the interfusion of quantum physics with storytelling. Quantum storytelling is action and speech-acts (Arendt, 1958; Benjamin, 1936). A living-story-of-action can occur before speech-acts articulate it.
Quantum storytelling is part of quantum spiraling which occurs in the organizational environment with the environmental diminsions of landscapes, timescapes, and materialityscapes. Spaces are part of fitness landscapes (Kaufman, 1993). Timescapes (Adam, 1990) address time through storytelling where time is cycles and spirals of repetition of sameness-duration and flux of difference-duration. The directionality of timescape is both past-present-future and future-present-past. Materiality is part of materialscape (a word I am inventing). In sum, the environment of an organization is defined by landscapes, timescapes, and materialscapes. Quantum storytelling is a domain of discourse in intra-activity with space-time-mattering (in landscape-timescape-materialscape environments).
Our "Quantum Story" in 13 Lines - comments collected furint 2013 event by Mike Bonifer
Zero is an opportunity.
I didn't know if he was a failure or a hero. So I decided to tell his story.
It is in ambiguity that new and interesting can form -- : )
Revelation does not come with expectation.
The living story is embodied in the way the mentor supports the person mentored and he how he/she (re)turns to his/her beloved.
We are enacting the between.
I keep reminding myself about "between" and not "in between" - we are entangled part of the between and cannot jump in from the outside.
Being in the moment emphasizes materiallity.
Always the fertilizer before the flower blooms.
While traveling to the unknown, be open to what can become the prolific & profound.
Groucho Marx - I've had a wonderful evening, but this wasn't it! - Just to lighten it up!
I'm just here for the ride.
"Thank you" (The environment can be present with all of us)
Quantum storytelling, is from the heart. The heart is before the head and the body ways of knowing. Storytelling is making a transition. It is not just about the head (feeling & thinking in mind cognition), or about the body (corporeal & calculations of objectivity). Certainly there is stroytelling from the head. Much is known about this sort of storytelling in the narrative literature. There is also a storytelling that is from the heart, in attunement with action, by Being-in-the-world.
Quantum Storytelling is defined here as the interfusion of quantum physics with storytelling. Karen Barad (2003, 2007) has theorized the intra-activity and intra-penetration materiality with discourse. Storytelling is a domain of discourse, not the only domain, but a very important one. Here I want to define Quantum Storytelling as a intra-activity and intra-penetration of quantum-landscapes, -timescapes, and -materialityscapes with storytelling (discourse). My contribution is in one domain of discourse, storytelling, and how it intra-acts with storytelling in the Quantum Age of our understanding of space-time-mattering (in landscapes, timescapes, and materialscapes).
My other contribution is to bring '♥-of-Care' ontology of place, time, and materiality with storytelling all together, in what I am calling 'ontological storytelling inquiry'. Heidegger's later philosophical work develops the inner heart-space, which I am calling here, the '♥-of-Care'. ♥-of-Care, what Heidegger (1971 PLT: p. 128) calls moving away from "calculating consciousness towards the inner space of the heart." Thus Quantum storytelling is attunement from the heart, before the head, antecedent to verbal articulation in speech-acts.
My essay is about blacksmithing works of art. May 19 2012 I released a YouTube film with 11 D's of Quantum Storytelling in relation to Blacksmithing Art. I focused on storytelling about hammers and hammering, as it is Heidegger's main example of Being-in-the-world, in equipmentality. In Being and Time (Heidegger BT, 1962/1996) the main illustrating of thing is the ‘hammer’. And there are passages about ‘hammering’ as a process of handicraft. And how hammers and blacksmith tongs go together in metalworking. In the essay “The Origin of a Work of Art” PLT 1971) there is a discussion about the thing-concept of what we now call sensemaking (the hardness, the sound that matter makes, its visual form, etc.). The thing-concept, the “conceptual schema” (PLT p. 27) is epistemic, something dear to retrospective-narrative-sensemaking (Weick, 1995).
Photo of D. Boje with Vitalis Ballabeni, the 1972 Master Blacksmith of all France competition winner - Photo by D. Boje
I received two days of training in repoussé blacksmithing sculpture techniques form Vitalis Ballabeni.
While in Lille and Lyon I did interviews by SKYPE with Quantum Physicist and international metal sculptor Julian-Voss Andreae.
Julian Voss-Andreae’s Quantum Man Metal Sculptures (photo used by permission)
See Julian’s self-portrait à YouTube Quantum Man
Julian Voss-Andreae Quantum Man metal art sculpture Art Beat video; YouTube video - making Pauling sculpture – protein Andreae’s scultures of his Bucky Ball are about his prior work in physics with double slit experiment (Bucky Ball is largest atom configuration to go through the double slit experiment.
Table 1 – 11 D’s of Quantum Storytelling and the Questions asked of Blacksmith artists
Five of the D’s – Deployment, dwelling, de-severance, dispersion, and detaching – are all about space that is concernful in quantum storytelling. There are three other D’s about time – datability, duration, and destining. Three – directionality, disclosability and drafts get at both space-time. These D’s are constitutive of Being-in-the-world of blacksmithing art that is concernful and caring.
The blacksmith work of art is “the interfusion of form and matter: into “matter-form” (PLT, p. 28). The thingness of thing, the work of art, is ontic, the matter content of formed matter, its living story (Boje, 2001, 2008). Yet antecedent to the interfusion of form with matter is the antenarrative, in particular the spiral- and rhizomatic-antenarrative that is ‘before’ narrative-coheres, and ‘before’ the living story of ‘matter form structure” (PLT, p. 28). Those antenarratives that come before have “purpose” and “usefulness” such as a type of blacksmith art, the metal flow (ibid). “Usefulness is always the product of making” and the processes of making blacksmith art, come before thing-concept-narrative and before living story of matter-form present-at-hand. Heidegger (PLT 1971: 30) says that art in the Middle Ages is somehow different from that of modern times.
In medieval blacksmith art spirit and Nature were more a part of the process of creation than in modern, postmodern, and post-postmodern times. While I do not buy into succession thesis of postmodern (or post-postmodern) succeeding the modern age, I do think that each duration (or threshold) of capitalism does prompt a different kind of processness of process. And some processness of blacksmithing, bet it medieval, modern, (post) postmodern does involve equipmentality, the creation of equipment to make metal-art-work. Tools and equipment in blacksmithing art have the "peculiar position intermediate between thing and [art] work" (Heidegger PLT 1971: p. 29, bracketed addition, mine).
Many blacksmiths take a forgeweld to be a more authentic thing than an arc, a mig or tig-weld. Forgewelding is the way blacksmiths did things not only in the Middle Ages, but in the time before that, when Homer wrote is poems.
Blacksmithing, goldsmithing, silversmithing, swordsmithing, armorsmithing, and the other metalsmithing arts date back to the most ancient premodern times, and is mentioned several times in Homer’s (800 BCE) poems:
Nestor gave out the gold, and the smith gilded the horns of the heifer that the goddess might have pleasure in their beauty (Homer, 800 BCE Odyssey, Book III).
As a blacksmith plunges an axe or hatchet into cold water to temper it- for it is this that gives strength to the iron- and it makes a great hiss as he does so, even thus did the Cyclops' eye hiss round the beam of olive wood, and his hideous yells made the cave ring again (Homer, 800 BCE Odyssey, Book IX).
Before him he held his shield of hammered bronze, that the smith had beaten so fair and round, and had lined with ox hides which he had made fast with rivets of gold all round the shield … (Homer, Iliad, 800 BCE, Book XII).
Homer’s references to blacksmithing predates its industrial processes. Blacksmiths accompanied the Spanish conquistadors and later were part of the U.S. military, setting up blacksmith shops in the forts. In southern New Mexico Don Onate went up the Santa Fe Trail from Mexico to about where Socorro New Mexico is today.
“Blacksmiths followed Juan de Oñate” in colonization of upper Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico
We have left the Post-Posmodern Age for the Quantum Age. Quantum metaphysics grounds the transition from Postmodern to Post-Posmodern Age in a distinctly different storytelling with its own interpretative and understanding standpoint. Quantum Storytelling holds sway over the frontier problems in the physical and humanistic sciences. In Quantum Storytelling, the Post-Postmodern Age has specific interpretations, understandings, and comprehensions of the Observer Effect in the Schrödinger's (1935) cat experiment and the Copenhagen interpretation of the Double Slit experiment.
Figure 2 - Schrödinger's Cat Experiment (image source)
The observer cannot know without opening the steel box, if the cat is dead or alive. The superposition of cat-is-dead and cat-is-alive collapse the quantum wave function.
Figure 3 - Double Slit Experiment (image source)
In 1801, Thomas Young conducted his water wave experiments. He placed a barrier with two slits in a water tank and made ripples pass through the slits. This created two wave crests that met and canceled one another out. Next, Young uses a light source and a barrier with two slits, and a projection screen (as in Figure 2). The light passed through the double slit barrier and made alternating light and dark bands (vertical lines) on the screen. The quantum wave interference phenomenon is depicted by the mathematics of the quantum wave function calculations. The wave function" expresses a likelihood until an measurement observation is made (source).
Figure 4 - Quantum Entanglement (source)
Two quantum particles, created together, and seperated across the world, are entangled in a co-location that de-severs the distance between them..
The methodology of Quantum Storytelling is something I am calling 'Storytelling-Ontological-Inquiry.'
Storytelling-ontological-inquiry is defined here as what it means to be authentically aware Being-in-the-world in a heart of caring and concern. What an ontological-storytelling-inquiry methodology means is taking seriously the difference between primordial spacetimemattering and the sort of contain-within-another-container-spatiality, the clock-time (or ordinary time of divisible now-moments), and the mattering of the Presocratic atomists (still a conception of things independent from other things, we find in management science today). Find out about reaching authentic potentiality-for-Being-a-whole-Self through Ontological Storytelling Inquiry.
Click here for the Proceedings of the 1st Annual Quantum Storytelling conference on ontological inquiry research held Dec. 16-18 2011 - An Ontological Inquiry Research Conference 2011
Dec. 16-18, 2011 at Lundeen’s Inn of the Arts, Las Cruces, NM
Boje, D. M. (2011). The Heart of Care: Quantum Storytelling and Ontological Inquiry. Dec. 16th Presentation to the First Meeting of the Quantum Storytelling Conference, held Dec.. 16-18, 2011 in Las Cruces, New Mexico at Inn of the Arts. Click here for the presentation.
Figure 5 - Quantum Storytelling
Here I want to revise ‘storytelling organization’ theory to include quite subtle currencies. A ‘storytelling organization’ is not just hard wired linear or cyclic antenarrative processes, but includes more subtle spiral and rhizomatic (assemblage) processes where living actors and living things (actants) constitute what Sheldrake calls a ‘morphogenic field.’ The theoretical quantum physicist Goswami extends morphogenic field to quantum physics. . The essay concludes that ‘storytelling organizations’ from quantum physics becomes retheorized in relation to nondualized relations of epistemology with ontology, what Barad (2003: 829) calls, “onto-epistem-ology” defined as “the study of practices of knowing in being.” Keywords: storytelling organization, quantum physics, sensemaking, antenarrative.
For example, in blacksmithing, there is a caring for the hammer, that Heidegger (1996, BT) uses as a primary example.
“Hammering does not just have a knowledge of the useful character of the hammer; rather, it has appropriated this useful thing in the most adequate way possible. When we take care of things, we are subordinate to the in-order-to constitutive for the actual useful thing in our association with it. The less we just stare at the thing called hammer, the more actively we use it, the more original our relation to it becomes and the more undisguisedly it is encountered as what it is, as a useful thing. The act of hammering itself discovers the specific "handiness" of the hammer” (Heidegger, 1996, p. 65 #70)
Figure 6 - The Heart-of-Care Six D's
For more on the Six D's see
Boje, D. M. (2011). Reflections: What does Quantum Physics of Storytelling Mean for Change Management?Journal of Change Management, accepted 7/22/2011, waiting to appear in print in 2012. Click here for pre-press pdf.
http://peaceaware.com/Boje for quantum storytelling and life-paths
or for the entire 11 D's in the Film, please see
Boje, D. M. (2012d). , Quantum Storytelling: Blacksmithing Art in the Quantum Age, Video accessed May 19, 2012, version one is at https://vimeo.com/42489199 and version Two at YouTube.
For registration, contact Conference Coordinator Dr. Grace Ann Rosile at phone: 575-532-1693 or D. Boje at his email address
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- BBA How to storytelll seminar salle 556 Lundi 8AM - midi Mars 19th
- Doctoral and FacultyFerronnerie d'art seminar salle 623 Mardi 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM Mars 20th
- Advanced Seminar in Storytelling Methodology seminar 623 Jeudi 9AM - midi Mars 22nd
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Storytelling is the threefoldness of narrative, living story, and antenarrative. Narrative has the most privileged position in storytelling. Narrative emties out living story content in-order-to have form and structure. Narrative is most often about the past, and is backward looking. Living stories have no beginning or end, and are in the middle, happening in the immediate present. Linear- and cyclical-antenarratives link the narrative back to the living story content. There are two other antenarratives that are more ontological: spiral- and rhizomatic-antenarrative.
Ontological storytelling inquiry is different from epistemic narrative inquiry and living story relationality inquiry. Ontological storytelling inquiry is a study of the meaning of Being-in-the-world. World has environmental realms: work, supplies, equipment, welware, and Nature. Click for more info
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