I thought that was a wonderful idea, but how did you do it? I’m torn up over the passing of Ray Bradbury, more than I realized I would be. This man was a hero to me in so many ways I find difficult to articulate. Maybe when I’m done reading Dewey’s Art as Experience I’ll be better at “expression”, but for now I’ll be revisiting Mr. Bradbury’s exceptional work. As suggested by a tweet, I started here.
Finally bought a portable audio recording device. Feel like the whole world just opened up again.
-John Dewey, from his book Art as Experience.
There are a lot of experiences in the world, and I am stingy with my attention. In most cases, I appreciate/dismiss through a brief overview; If I find no deeply compelling reason to dive in, I move on. I’m impressionable, so this draconian attitude is just self-preservation.
The work of John Dewey is something I’d chosen repeatedly to dismiss (despite the overwhelming obsession my friends have with him) - until today.
An experience is a product, one might almost say bi-product, of continuous and cumulative interaction of an organic self with the world. There is no other foundation upon which esthetic theory and criticism can build.
How can I choose not to experience an entire work about the experience of experience? I can’t.
After months of nail biting and anxiety, I finally heard back: I’ve been accepted into my first choice graduate program for an MDes in Interaction Design. A decade ago I swore I would never go back to school, but here I am.
I’ve been working on a photobook and associated gallery show, and it’s occurring to me now that it might be prudent to “finish” this project before August…
Here is that Joel Meyerowitz quote, largely for my own future reference since I can’t find it on the internet:
What are we all trying to get to in the making of anything? We’re trying to get to ourselves. What I want is more of my feelings and less of my thoughts. I want to be clear. I see the photograph as a piece of experience itself. It exists in the world. It is not a comment on the world.
Printed in the book Color Photography, Assouline, 2001.