Here are scanned pages from my notebooks. Although all the vital contents have been rewritten onto this site, here they are in their original form.
I enjoy and am rather good at tasks requiring precision and problem-solving.
I particularly enjoy the precision of language; strict definition, objective and legally enforceable meanings. Moreover, I enjoy analysis that uses precise language but has a scope that is able to holistically link seemingly disparate subjects. Economics and politics seem to do this a lot of the time.
I like being able to delve into the context of a case study in order to understand it better.
Take, for instance, the planned Queen’s speech for the state opening of parliament tomorrow, the 22nd of June. There are many angles one can approach the event from;
It is not vital to have a deep understanding of each of these angles, but it is important to have a broad understanding – as each allows you to understand the event in a slightly different way, and the culmination is an in-depth understanding underpinned by perspective.
I went to the Central Saint Martins Degree Show, and all it managed to do was solidify my exhaustion with art.
Perhaps unfairly, but a lot of this exhaustion turned frustration was focused on one particular guy, dressed all in white with a green painted face and red around his eyes. He was singing. Well, he was trying to.
He was jumping on the I can’t actually fulfil the technical requirements of the medium, but I’m going to throw my energy at it and you’re going to have to watch it and take it seriously because of art.
His antics were that of a rock star, just without the fans, talent, or support of his audience.
Punks couldn’t sing, for the most part, but they stood for something. This guy didn’t do either.
I have the same criticisms of several of the video pieces – poor sound, no grading, sloppy cuts – lacking basic technical ability. Again, you can make a successful film or video piece without following the commercial film framework and/or break the rules of any particular set of conventions, but God Damn It, have a reason to. Don’t just have shit sound because you didn’t think about it, or you don’t know how to do it well. If you can’t fulfil or find collaborators who can fulfil the technical requirements which underpin the kind of work you want to make in your film, fucking choose another medium. Don’t make a shit film or video piece and rest easy on the stable base that this is art.
Picasso could paint traditionally competent figurative works but chose to make an artistic departure. He wasn’t just too lazy to learn how to paint properly and thought ah well, fuck it.