The Dymaxion Chronofile

This is a daily scratch pad for the thoughts and half-formed ideas of the artist Daniel Wilson
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RESEARCH_004_Buckminster Fuller

The Dymaxion Chronofile (the name of this blog) is a term borrowed from Buckminster Fuller.  Every 15 minutes (apparently beginning from the age of four) Fuller would record what he was doing or paste related documents into scrapbooks, which would reach 700 volumes and 140,000 papers by the end of his life.  He called this The Dymaxion Chronofile.

I stumbled across Buckminster Fuller while watching a documentary on the great American artist Josiah McElheny.  While Mcelheny, who works with glass, was talking about the inspiration for one of his pieces, the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi‘s name came up, and reading about him I soon found a connection to Buckminster Fuller.

Noguchi and Buckminster Fuller collaborated on a number of projects and became friends while both were living in New York.

Fuller began his eventful life with two expulsions from Harvard: first for spending all his money partying with a vaudeville troupe, and then, after having been readmitted, for his “irresponsibility and lack of interest.”

By age 32, Fuller was bankrupt and jobless, living in public, low-income housing in Chicago, Illinois, with a recently deceased young daughter.  Contemplating suicide, he decided, instead, to embark on “an experiment, to find what a single individual [could] contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity.”

Some of the things that resulted from the unwavering pursuit of this goal:
Dymaxion Car
Geodesic Dome
Buckminster Fuller institute

Fuller died in 1983 with his wife of 66 years passing away just 36 hours after his death.

Does the individual have the courage to go along with the truth?
~Buckminster Fuller

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