A programming language is for thinking about programs, not for expressing programs you’ve already thought of. It should be a pencil, not a pen.

-Paul Graham

(Source: changemakrs.com)

By concentrating on what, and leaving out why, mathematics is reduced to an empty shell. The art is not in the “truth” but in the explanation, the argument. It is the argument itself which gives the truth its context, and determines what is really being said and meant.

-Paul Lockhart, A Mathematician’s Lament.

A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.

-G. H. Hardy

We follow narratives. Our fingertips trace the contours of the stories we love. We long to escape within the confines of our own lives. Meet your boyfriend in the pouring rain and yank down his mask and kiss him upside down. Run with your boyfriend to the front of the boat and throw your arms out to the side and scream, “I’m king of the world!”

If you are a girl in love with a boy, your possibilities are infinite.

-Beth Lalonde, “The Girls Are Never Supposed to End Up Together" (2013)

By relating the outlines of the object in proportions harmonious to the eye and by accenting the character of the object, we put the object into a style, or, in other words, we conventionalize it. To give style to an object, to a flower for example, it is first necessary to know perfectly the characteristics of this flower, that is to say, the precise form of this flower in all its natural aspects: the chalice, both horizontal and vertical, the exact shape of the buds, of the leaves, of the stem with all its anatomical accidents, as well as its colour and its traditional signification, if it has any. It is only after this close study that one can determine the form appropriate for its rendering.

This form will always have a geometric effect in its entirety. The more simple and more legible this geometric form may be, the greater the perfection of its style. As in all manifestations of art, the same principles predominate, that is to say, the simplest means express the most.

-Alphonse Mucha, Lectures on Art (1975)

Proper appreciation of the benefits of art must involve an awareness of when to put art aside. At a certain point, we should leave the museum, or the sculpture in the park, to pursue the true purpose of art, the reform of life; not because we are ungrateful or unappreciative, but because we have found much that is genuinely precious in art, and that we need to make more real.

-Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, Art as Therapy (2013).

Postcards are successful and important mechanisms for improving our engagement with art. Our culture sees them as tiny, pale shadows of the far superior originals hanging on the walls a few metres away, but the encounter we have with the postcard may be deeper, more perceptive and more valuable to us, because the card allows us to bring our own reactions to it. It feels safe and acceptable to pin it on a wall, throw it away or scribble on it, and by being able to behave so casually around it, our responses come alive. We consult our own needs and interests; we take real ownership of the object, and, since it is permanently available, we keep looking at it. We feel free to be ourselves around it, as so often, and sadly, we do not in the presence of the masterpiece itself.

-Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, Art as Therapy (2013).

Király András

Own hand. Oil on canvas, 60x40 cm. 2014.

Beat. Oil on canvas, 60x50 cm. 2014.

Fisz (f sharp). Oil on canvas, 50x70 cm. 2014.

Inventing humankind’s future through internet Images.
Composing for mediums that don’t exist yet.
Creating work beyond your material means.
When the documentation IS the work.
Making things for cameras rather than galleries.
Dissemination itself as the medium.
Super Mario as a weapon.
Pop culture carrier waves and philosophy marketing.
Is networked capitalism the new electric guitar?
Selling out as a medium.

-Chris Novello, The 10 Webfuture Topics You’ll Love & Hate LOL!!! (talk info from 4/21/14 lecture at RISD)

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So what we have is easier publication, easier access, and, transformed discovery. (Arguably music has gained more than it has lost, although that doesn’t mean musicians have gained)

What didn’t change was people’s time to listen to music, or their urge to listen to music. Listeners just don’t have more hours in their days.

It is worse for museums.

-Seb Chan, The Value of Museum Content, Attention, and Time (2014).

(Source: freshandnew.org)