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The Art of Misdirection

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08/09/2014 01:04:33

"There can be no doubt that the power to remember and predict, to make an ordered sequence out of a helter-skelter chaos of disconnected moments, is a wonderful development of sensitivity. In a way it is the achievement of the human brain, giving man the most extraordinary powers of survival and adaptation to life. But the way in which we generally use this power is apt to destroy all its advantages. For it is of little use to us to be able to remember and predict if it makes us unable to live fully in the present."


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05/05/2014 14:15:00

Scott McCloud on art and the durable mutation

Scott McCloud is one of my favourite arts educators. He has a near limitless fascination with the world and an intuitive sense of the patterns hidden beneath the surface of things - plus the ability to articulate himself with imagination, passion and crystal clarity. 

Two particular points from his 2005 TED talk stood out to me. The first is his four principles of the mindset that anticipates discovery:

  1. Learn from Everyone
  2. Follow No One
  3. Watch for patterns
  4. Work like hell

The other is his idea that when looking toward the future of a given art form, we see experimentation in search of ‘a durable mutation’.


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12/26/2013 21:38:24

In defense of the Textbook Harold

Erik Voss nails the tension between form/structure and spontaneity in improv.  


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