In this article about Brian Eno on art, Eno said that we should
Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. (Roy Ascott’s phrase.) That solves a lot of problems: we don’t have to argue whether photographs are art, or whether performances are art, or whether Carl Andre’s bricks or Andrew Serranos’s piss or Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ are art, because we say, ‘Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen.’ … [W]hat makes a work of art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you — so the value of the work lies in the degree to which it can help you have the kind of experience that you call art.
I like this. Triggers of experience is really what most of us are trying to do, and I think there’s an argument to be made that this what conceptual art is at it’s most basic: experience, memory, thinking, connection.
I also think that this definition really allows for those grey places between art and craft and artisan.
…I still need someone to explain how the watercolor paintings of pretty ducks counts as art, but viewed through this lens, I can see how someone might have an experience trigger with it.
Unfortunately, because of this definition of art-as-experience-trigger, it’s easy to fall back into the outmoded “I know what I like./I know art when I see it, and that’s not it./My kid could do that.” mentality because this lens leaves out the critical thinking (and the encouragement of critical thinking) that’s inherent in art.
So, there’s that.
And I’ve made myself sad.
Like ya do.
So, yes, I may have mentioned that I started doing some freelance writing?
Well, if y’all are interested in that sorta thing, I’m writing for The Rainbow Hub as Trie.
Here are my articles thus far (NB: My articles usually come out on Tuesday, but if I write two for the week, the second comes out on Wednesday.):
Can y’all tell that I still title things like I’m in academia?
So, I’ve been making bookmaking demos for my friend bloo, and yeah, I think they’re kinda horrible, but she seems to be enjoying them.
Maybe y’all will too?
Soooooooooo, I mentioned Definitely DePere (which, by-the-by, I will be at June and July also).
tentacle-made studios’ display at the May Definitely DePere.
Crinoline Vortex (unplugged!) at Definitely DePere…basically lazing about my display. He does this a lot.
IDEK, what I’m doing this week. I think I’m trying to finish catching y’all up, but largely, I’m just kinda blah and meh. I’ve got emails to respond to and research to do for my next article (re: reading Black Widow comic books) and finishing processing photos from the Supernatural cosplay that I shot for some of my friends.
I’ve totally got more things to show y’all, but this post is getting way long…and I really should be in my studio working on things and trying to sort out Life, The Universe, and Everything, but TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY!