Rahil Patel

Herro

I’m Rahil.

And this is my website. It’s kinda like my bedroom: a mess, until reason or loafing leads to organizing it. On this site you can see things I’ve made, organized things I’ve written, things I’ve recently written, and even more things.

Lifelong Goals:
Ideal:
To influence people to consistently interact with people nearby, as opposed to exclusive social networks and media, as a method of gaining wisdom by creating new social experiences, resulting in an increase of physical awareness in society (and therefore better decision-making and increase of sharing), knowledge embedded in public [urban] material, and generally healthier communities and better places.

Real:
Consistently try to make a positive impact [within the restrictions of time and space, and unfortunately, within the economic system and culture].

How:
Disorganize:
Create new media in public spaces (urban interventions) bringing awareness to new experiences, fostering interaction for the public, and throwing people off from their daily routines.

Organize:
Create public spaces with my values, attracting others, then let the values of the people in the space radiate outward, into the public, consistently creating new ideas (social interventions) and designs by combining local material, new media and technology, attracting playfulness in the public, allowing more people to make civil decisions for themselves, increasing the amount of sharing of material, incrementally making a better environment to live in and a better society to participate in? Whoa. That came out kind of beautiful.

Possible lifestyles:
1. Live in a developing area. Empower people. Consume local materials and local culture as inspiration to create stuff, functional and artistic, whilst working.
2. Live in or near a developed city. Work toward creating a better city, by creating tools to help, and remember to take trips out of the city!
3. Keep drifting between various human settlements and social organizations.
4. Keep drifting between the aforementioned lifestyles.

Possible next moves:
Moved to a temporary post
Self-assesments
Future Paths

early interests:
riding bikes, playing games, making games, playing outside, DIY spaces, public spaces [public places], wandering about ethnic enclaves of cities, art games, interactive art, public art, realism art, neorealism films (especially from New Wave movements), slow-paced Asian normative neorealism films (Yasujiro Ozu, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Satyajit Ray), travel art (HONY, Vincent Moon), minimalism (simple living), culture, people, New York

later interests:
riding scooters, walking around small towns, travel, making travel art, talking, social organizing, film essays aka Chris Marker, realism films (Jia Zhangke), social-philosophical films (Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: Michael Haneke, Asghar Farhadi), documentaries (Left Bank movement, BFI Sight and Sound polls), philosophy (see below), Zomia, Taiwan, Taipei

interests reduced to academic gibberish during a philosophic period:
“critical theory, community building, public sphere, social change (social interventionism?), urban interventionism, design and technology (civic-technology a la MIT Center for Civic Media, educational technology, art and technology, philosophy of technology), urban planning (aka environmental design?), criticism of capitalism, social anarchism (anarchist anthropology, Situationist International, Autonomism, New Left, Latin America), philosophy (critical theory [again!], social philosophy, pragmatism, political philosophy, philosophy of mind [decision-making, awareness, action], epistemology, aesthetic (aka philosophy of art?), philosophy of social science, philosophy of technology [again!]), emergence (self-organization), and other non-sensical academic categorizations within social philosophy (critical theory [again and again!], human geography [critical geography {Marxist geography aka David Harvey}, cultural geography], environmental psychology a la CUNY Public Space Research Group, cultural studies [ {environmental?} communication studies {media studies}], area studies, urban philosophy, sociology of space, sociocultural anthropology?, political anthropology?, symbolic interactionism, environmental anthropology?, human ecology?, etc.)”

Want to join me? Holla at me at me@rahilpatel.com.

World Trade Center light performance

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