day 403 – four thank yous

This is the final post of four things on http://www.fourfortheday.com but the site will remain open with updates on the things to come.

This has been a truly amazing year with this project. From day one I knew when I was organizing my studio and seeing how many small collections of things I kept and really loved, to Allison Sommers first post on January 2nd 2011, and in early November when all weeks had been assigned, and now when everything is all said and done that the concept of this project was something people really enjoy. We love our stuff and other peoples as well.

I can’t thank the Guest Editor’s enough for making this what it is. It takes courage to expose the things we hold onto. The Guest Editor’s did it and the internet has found out a little more about each of them.

I encourage everyone to keep checking back to find out what is next for this little project. My hope is a bound book and art exhibition. But I am open to other possibilites.

My humble thank you to everyone who made this possible and the collectors around the world, past, present, and future.

Happy New Year.

s. arden hill


day 94 – four old string instruments that i’ll probably never master.

(L – R)

Harmony lap steel, 1950s: USA

Taishogoto, date unknown: Japan

Shamisen, date unknown: Japan

Franz Schwarzer zither, 1890s: USA


day 93 – four religious figures.

(L – R)

Quan Yin: China, an inheritance from Jenna’s grandmother.

Bodhisattva: Burma, bought at an antique shop in Rangoon.

Our Mother of Guadalupe: Latin America, bought at a Dollarama in Montreal.

Hanuman: India, bought in Delhi.


day 92 – four antique machines for altering perception.

The displacement of the living and the organic took place rapidly with the early development of the machine. For the machine was a counterfeit of nature, nature analyzed, regulated, narrowed, controlled by the mind of men. The ultimate goal of its development was however not the mere conquest of nature but her resynthesis: dismembered by thought, nature was put together again in new combinations: material syntheses in chemistry, mechanical syntheses in engineering.

- Lewis Mumford, Technics and Civilization (1934)


day 90 – four types of medium.

• A means by which something is communicated or expressed: here the Welsh language is the medium of instruction.

• The substance in which an organism lives or is cultured.

• A liquid (e.g. oil or water) with which pigments are mixed, with a binder, to make paint.

• The middle quality or state between two extremes; a reasonable balance:the song soon discovers a happy medium between thrash and catchy pop.

Not included:

• An agency or means of doing something:using the latest technology as a medium for job creationtheir primitive valuables acted as a medium of exchange.

• The intervening substance through which sensory impressions are conveyed or physical forces are transmitted: radio communication needs no physical medium between the two stations.

• A particular form of storage material for computer files, such as magnetic tape or discs.

• The material or form used by an artist, composer, or writer:oil paint is the most popular medium for glazing.

• (Plural mediums) A person claiming to be in contact with the spirits of the dead and to communicate between the dead and the living.


day 89 – four collaborations with microorganisms.

Kombucha: Schizosaccha-romyces pombeSaccharomycodes ludwigiiPichia fermentansSaccharomyces apiculatus, Bacterium xylinum, B. xylinoidesAcetobacter ketogenumAcetobacter acetiB. gluconicum

Sourkraut: Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, Pedicoccus

Bread: Saccharmyces cervisiae

Beer: Saccharmyces cervisiae


day 88 – four books that have a lot to say about lists.

“Order is, at one and the same time, that which is given in things as their inner law, the hidden network that determines the way they confront one another, and also that which has no existence except in the grid created by a glance, an examination, a language; and it is only in the blank spaces of this grid that order manifests itself in depth as though already there, waiting in silence for the moment of its expression.” Michel Foucault, The Order of Things

“These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth; sons were born to them after the flood. The sons of Japheth; Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras…” Genesis 10:1

“The following day, Bioy called me from Buenos Aries. He told me he had before him the article on Uqbar, in volume XLVI of the encyclopedia. The heresiarch’s name was not forthcoming, but there was a note on his doctrine, formulated in words almost identical to those he had repeated, though perhaps literally inferior. He had recalled: Copulation and mirrors are abominable. The text of the encyclopedia said: For one of those gnostics, the visible universe was an illusion or (more precisely) a sophism. Mirrors and fatherhood are abominable because they multiply and disseminate that universe.” Jorge Luis Borges, Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

“Categorization is not a matter to be taken lightly. There is nothing more basic than categorization to our thought, perception, action, and speech.”  - George Lakoff, Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things



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