Notes on Ways of Seeing

14.02.18 This a response to the video Ways of Seeing by John Berger, which is itself inspired by the essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by philosopher Walter Benjamin.   Artwork – images and objects tied to place and general context.  As a familiar smell, feeling or sound might signal andContinue reading “Notes on Ways of Seeing”

Study

  14.11.17 Study means to examine closely. Therefore to study from a book is an oxymoron because the words are simply not the thing. The study should reveal more about the book and the recording and presentation process than about the subject itself . Studying from a book is really the study of the subjectContinue reading “Study”

Sedentary Athlete’s Dilemma

“Not to beat the car metaphor to death, but you have to look at every athlete as a complex engine with thousands of moving parts. And you, the coach, are trying to squeeze every single drop of horsepower you can out of that engine.”   Movement is never a simple black and white dichotomy, andContinue reading “Sedentary Athlete’s Dilemma”

DIY Culture

27.09.17 In thinking about culture it occurred to me that culture is like an ornate vase sitting behind a protective glass case on a pedestal in a prestigiously stuffy museum somewhere.  It is to be admired, gazed upon and theorised about, but never to be touched by the greasy hands of mere peasants, and theContinue reading “DIY Culture”

Mindlessness

26.09.17 [This text uses the metaphors of “left-brained” and “right-brained” to refer to two different ways of thinking, which could be summarised as “the intellect” and “instinct”.  In reality there is no clear separation between personality types as we all express both sides to some degree, but more importantly there is no physical left/right brainContinue reading “Mindlessness”