A good discussion today which will lead to interesting things I am sure. For now, I get the chance to reflect on how easy life can be when you decide to just forget about classification, forget about received wisdom and go with your gut. Slightly terrifying at times granted, but ultimately it is the path of least resistance and this the path that allows me to convert energy most efficiently. So that’s the way to go….
In other news I am thinking about my Art Bridge II piece for their forthcoming exhibition. More information as I get it but here are some initial ideas/images for now. Expect a revision of the Bath ‘stakeholder analysis’ concept but with cooler images more expertly applied. At least that’s the plan.
Colour is my thing. I supersaturate my photos. Instagram hums with the Reds and pinks I use, sharpened by a zing of turquoise or yellow. Here are some images from the past few days that encapsulate my colour tendencies these days. Thoughts?
If you do, do you sketch every day? It’s totally addictive. I used to take a paperback with me if I knew I was going somewhere that involved a wait. Nowadays I bring my lovely Venetian Fabriano sketchbook with me everywhere. And I use it. And I find that practice, while not making perfect, makes me looser and more direct in my drawing. I’ve speeded up and that’s helping with my observation skills.
So, if you are interested in drawing, perhaps you are just starting out, go get a sketch book, get some pens and pencils and go and LOOK at something and get it down on paper.
I read somewhere that if you don’t want passers-by to stare you go sit with your back against the wall. Then they can’t hover behind you! I’ve tried it. It works.
To me, classification is, like religion, a purely human construct. An apple doesn’t know it is an artistic item in a still life but a scientific cypher when it falls ont a physicist. It is an apple. So, why do we insist on first classifying areas of knowledge and then waste energy either defending or railing against the division. Why do we creat a country and then go to war? Human nature – we all want to be part of some type of tribe, even if it is a tribe of non conformists. But then forming an allegiance, a common interest will tend to exclude others. And we get tension.
Humans judge. They measure in a relative sense – how do I compare. What if we stripped away that reliance on others to define a thought, an idea, a theory. What if we measured in the absolute. No more ‘how do I compare’. Instead ‘how do I do’.
Defining a thought, boxing it, is to apply a judgement. Classification is a container made to our specifications. It is not tailor made to its contents but to its owner. Therefore, some ideas or approaches will not fit happily. Are they then a failure? Is that a bad thing?
Innovation necessitates failure. You must map a cul de sac to know it is there. The knowledge of its existence helps you find what else is near…possibilities are honed by the exclusion of options. So why even judge a nil result as a failure. It’s not. It’s a piece of data. It is a contribution. As soon as we step away from judgement a pressure is lifted and we can breathe. Innovation needs space, light and freedom to move. Judging places parameters for which read barriers. Barriers impede movement. Practical limits are unavoidable and part of any puzzle. But man made mental constructs are not. They should be eradicated.
So, if you accept that classification is artificial, the concept of failure starts to look less stable. It starts to look as if it could be ignored. And once you accept that, then you are free to look at the apple however you want. And that brings new perpectives and new insight.
So, I’m always making lists and have already done some work on cataloging life points using domestic and mundane items. I am currently reading The Infinity of Lists by Umberto Eco…beautiful book produced with The Louvre. I’m thinking about lists again as a result. Can you use lists, but=isual or otherwise, to distilled archival materials – clearly you can – but what can you do with that idea? I think it’s something I will be exploring….