I would argue that a dense text does a good job of being a ‘mothership’ or a bible to underpin research, but a bad job of catching the eye, seducing a consumer or entering the public consciousness.
Comedy has a lot in common with art. It reacts to an observation, experience or emotional resonance, expressing it through a chosen medium to an audience.
Where photography once overtook painting as the shower of truth, this title is now held by video. We see it used in one way or another by most, if not all disciplines.
Gardening is shaping nature, art is representing nature, life is part of nature, and science looks to understand the laws of nature.
Conceptual appropriateness’ is a personal judgement that takes a leaf out of the book of conceptual art. There is a clear refusal to default to traditional methods of production, a desire to find a shoe that fits.
The ‘cultural landscape’ looks to describe the landscape we live in. It would include all spaces and ‘things’ in society, public and private, that form the cultural experiences of everyday life.
In this context a ‘tool’ is the specific vehicle employed to carry an idea to an audience. Although my attention is predominantly focused on the art world, visual culture, manufacturing and knowledge economies, a tool can be anything and come from anywhere.
There was something about recreating an observation on your own terms that seemed so new and innovative to me, but sat so conformably in the canon of art history, of memory, of perception, of how we want things to be.
It’s the number of times something is deemed profound, significant, inspiring, useful, compelling etc. in a specific text, based on ones current knowledge. This makes this number both extremely personal and potentially very telling.
Joy Shellard recounts growing up in the museum during WWII in a book entitled A Child of the Home Front. Anecdotes of her youth are set against the backdrop of not only war, but growing up in a museum.
The prominent culture of research output is text, it exclusively takes the form of journal articles, essays and books. This doesn’t create favourable conditions for contemporary society to see, understand, engage or contribute to it.
To formalise this idea, I distilled de Botton’s sentence into something visual, an artwork as a symbol. With the regal portrait prevalent in 17th century european art I decided to re-appropriate an etching of La Rochefoucauld, adding the blue bird (representing the Twitter logo) and the hand upon which it perches.
Imagine if overnight manufacturer’s outputs could only be found in written form in libraries and the knowledge economy took over all advertising and the high street. The thought of that illustrates how unbalanced those two economies are in their relationship with publics.
Edward Bernays (Lucian Freud’s nephew) quickly realised that “what could be done for a nation at war could be done for organizations and people in a nation at peace” …and duly opened a ‘public relations’ business in New York.
Self-directed research is concerned with things that grab your attention and the investigation of those leads through a personal curiosity or compulsion.