“What order-type is universally present wherever there is any order in the world? The answer is, serial order. What is a series? Any row, array, rank, order of precedence, numerical or quantitative set of values, any straight line, any geometrical figure employing straight lines, and yes, all space and all time.”
Josiah Royce, Principles of Logic
“Serial order is a method, not a style.”
“Three basic operating assumptions separate serially ordered works from multiple variants:
1 — The derivation of the terms or interior divisions of the work is by means of a numerical or otherwise systematically predetermined process (permutation, progression, rotation, reversal).
2 — The order takes precedence over the execution.
3 — The completed work is fundamentally parsimonious and systematically self-exhausting.
Mel Bochner, The Serial Attitude
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“It’s a myth that all interpretations are equally valid. An interpretation has a better chance of holding up if it is based on close looking. Really, attentive looking heads misinterpretation off at the pass. Of course, some kinds of misinterpretation are productive — and fun.”
“… eventually you have to give up control of the interpretation of your work. It seems that things only last as long as they can be misused. So it becomes a question of what the degree of misuse is. But it’s inevitable, it will be misunderstood once it enters the culture.”