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December 05, 2005

It's all in the mind

[Go and make a cup of tea and sit down before attempting this one.]

Art as we know it isnít really art, itís just the product of art. The art is the process by which the things we know of as art come about.

[tea]

Art is a state of mind. Thatís what makes it so tricky to do. Thatís why youíve got to sneak up on it. Thatís why itís not always possible. Art is what happens when your trying to do something else. If you can sit down and JUST DO IT then it isnít art.

[tea, and maybe a sweet biscuit]

So to do art, you must try not to do art. In fact you must use every means at your disposal NOT TO DO ART. When it works, art has that someotherness about it, that je ne sais quoi. Notice how these terms are abstract and indeterminate. The doing of it is just as indeterminate. Itís not so much about what you do but how you do it, and more about the way you are.

All this doesnít lead to an easy life.

[finish tea, go for a short lie down]

Posted by john at December 5, 2005 01:06 AM

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