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.
Brian Eno (via jessiethatcher)
I could reblog/post this every day as a constant reminder.
Brian Eno, ladies and gentlemen. An ambient musician who has quite a way with words.
Butler has uploaded a video of my commencement address to the class of 2013, which one can’t help but notice…is longer than the 12 minutes I so confidently promised. I sort of quit working the last month and did nothing but write this speech, and I couldn’t even get the time right. (I guess I read a lot faster alone in my basement.)
I’d like to thank everyone who’s shared the speech, especially the Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Galleycat, and Entertainment Weekly.
If you’d prefer to read the speech, you can do so here.
John Green issues some words of wisdom to the graduating class of Butler that I think we can all stand to hear.
Awesome guy, writer, and producer!
The Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts company have released a line of Neko-Sushi, literally “Sushi Cat” in Japanese. And if postcards aren’t enough, there’s even a Neko-Sushi mobile app.
Will you stop at nothing in your quest to crush everything that is weird and everything that is cute into one terrifying hybrid!?
I wouldn’t have thought it would be such a quick and easy fix to replace crime with creativity in urban schools. When given a means to express themselves, there are glaringly obvious changes. We can measure academics and incidents of violence, and who know what sort of positive influence it’s having on their mental health and other immeasurables Great to see something inspiring in the media in an otherwise bleak couple months.
Stubborn pitbull turned circus performer. The funniest thing I’ve seen in years.
TED Talks are being broadcast on TV for the first time tonight! Amazing to think how far they’ve come. Less than five years ago, they were only known about by bored, twenty-something nerdy creative types with a few minutes to kill, a.k.a. yours truly. Thanks to their short, accessible, and viral nature, they are now a household name. I’m so happy to see that they’re getting the audience they deserve!
A revolutionary piece of filmmaking equipment that even non-cinephiles should appreciate. Wow.
Freaking adorable mashup.