In constant revolt, we take on new challenges that others can’t see or are too preoccupied to try. The mother of invention is necessity, with the brave and curious making that tiny start. The endeavor to do is to learn, not just about ourselves but how we can influence other people. Fight predictability and slothfulness. […]
Some of us ”sweat the night into words,” the poet Bernard Spencer wrote in his poem “Night-Time: Starting to Write.” Morning or night, day time or lunchtime, it really doesn’t matter when you write. A note, a recording, a scribble — we write it down to remember it now and for later. Everything goes in […]
Creativity beats the normal out of you by opening up all possibilities. Why does there always have to be one answer? The malleability of it — the sheer nature of its plasticity is what draws the creator toward a multitude of solutions. Should a level of confidence give, what works is eventually meant to be […]
The ‘write what you know’ trope works because it’s easier to write the truth. But what’s authentic isn’t always what’s best for the art. David Bowie modified his voice when he sang “I’m Afraid of Americans.” He wanted to make sure the tone matched up with the voice of the character (himself) portraying it. He […]
These algae prints were misattributed for more than a century before art historian Larry Schaaf discovered that they were the work of British botanist Anna Atkins. As a pioneer of cyanotype photograms, a process in which sunlight (not a camera) imprints over objects on a piece of coated paper, Atkins produced the blueprints for a […]
If our art is not resonating, we may need to dumb it down (or not). “I dumb down for my audience. And double my dollars,” rhymes Jay-Z in his track ‘Moment of Clarity’ from The Black Album. If we follow Jay-Z’s strategy, we’ll almost certainly attract more attention. People enjoy things they are familiar with […]
Not everyone is an artist but everyone is a fucking critic. Marcel Duchamp, French-American painter, sculptor, and writer
For humans, screen time is the default. For robots, they plunge inside analog. The cyborg is somewhere in that gray space in the middle.