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Anxious, hopeful or both? A new installation wants to know

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Alain de Botton: Art for Life’s Sake

I would argue that art matters for therapeutic reasons. It is a medium uniquely well suited to helping us with some of the troubles of inner life: our desire for material things, our fear of the unknown, our longing for love, our need for hope.

Art is more than what you see. It’s visceral.

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Nowhere exists somewhere

Nowhere exists somewhere. It may be invisible like air or essential like water, but it’s there to be occupied.

Nowhere is a place you go when life has sucked all options out you. Nowhere is that end of the road feeling, a mouse-trap of guilt and self-pity.

But nowhere is at least a place to start, a clean slate with boundless ways of action. Pursuing a direction generates confidence and kills the stigma of nowhere.

Nowhere is somewhere, depressing as it may be. But it’s just not a place you want to live in too long. Any step is a step forward out of the invisible. Hope and gut are the only thing you got.

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Do not daydream about the problems in your life, the evil in the world, the troubles around the next bend. That is what real life is for. Instead, daydream about things that make you smile. No summer workday is complete without a grown person staring at the wall, just laughing.

— Jon Methven, “How to Daydream
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Hope for a generation. on Flickr. This blind man was standing in the middle of Grand Central during the Obama Speech last night. The Apple store logos shined in the background. I couldn’t help but feel the pertinacity of continued innovation. You don’t have to see the world to feel it.
Hope for a generation. on Flickr. This blind man was standing in the middle of Grand Central during the Obama Speech last night. The Apple store logos shined in the background. I couldn’t help but feel the pertinacity of continued innovation. You don’t have to see the world to feel it.