Rahil

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. On this page you can see what I try to do, how I try to do them, and some things that I like or like to do.

What I try to do

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 I try to do them

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

What I like to do

early interests:
riding bikes, playing games, making games, playing outside, public spaces [public places], indie music, indie games, indie films (major film festival winners) neorealism films (especially from New Wave movements), slow-paced Asian normative neorealism films (Yasujiro Ozu, Hirokazu Koreeda, Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Satyajit Ray), Asian animated nature-loving films (Studio Ghibli, Mamoru Hosoda), travel art (HONY, Vincent Moon), philosophy of film, realism art, College Park[, VA]

middle interests:
wandering about ethnic enclaves of cities, art games, philosophy of media, aesthetics (philosophy of art), DIY spaces [places], interactive art, new media art, public art, magical realism literature, minimalism (simple living), culture, people, New York

later interests:
riding scooters, wandering about the world (travel), making travel art, consuming travel art, anthropology, urban planning, talking, social organizing, Zomia, Taiwan, Taipei

even later interests:
singer-songwriters, 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), biographies, philosophy (see below), isolated, natural places

even later interests categorized by academic gibberish during a philosophic period:
“critical theory, community building, public sphere, social development, 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, Trancendentalism, Daoism), philosophy (critical theory [again!], social philosophy, pragmatism, political philosophy, philosophy of mind [decision-making, awareness, action], epistemology, aesthetic (aka philosophy of art), semiotics (~philosophy of communication) 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, 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.)”

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

World Trade Center light performance

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