““If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away. The more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to say, ‘Bye. I have to go. I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here.’ And they go and hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little differently.””
There's an element of truth in every idea that lasts long enough to be called corny.
[songwriter Irving Berlin (1888-1989), in a 1962 interview]
“Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology, the short-hori- zon perspective of market-driven economics, the next-election perspective of democracies, or the distractions of personal multi-tasking. All are on the increase.Some sort of balancing corrective to the short-sightedness is needed - some mechanism or myth which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility, where ‘long-term’ is measured at least in centuries.Clock Library proposes both a mechanism and a myth. It began with an observation and idea by computer scientist Daniel Hillis. He wrote in 1993:When I was a child, people used to talk about what would happen by the year 2000. Now, thirty years later, they still talk about what will happen by the year 2000. The future has been shrinking by one year per year for my entire life.I think it is time for us to start a long-term project that gets people thinking past the mental barrier of the Millennium. I would like to propose a large (think Stonehenge) mechanical clock, powered by seasonal temperature changes. It ticks once a year, bongs oncc a century, and the cuckoo comes out every millennium.Such a clock, if sufficiently impressive and well engineered, would embody deep time for people. It should be charismatic to visit, interesting to think about, and famous enough to become iconic in the public discourse. Ideally, it would do for thinking about time what the photographs of Earth from space have done for thinking about the environment. Such icons reframe the way people think.”
'Spending lots of money is often an admission of lack of research, preparation and imagination. First class on Eurostar, for example - to be placed with boring and ugly people stinking of ill-chosen colognes rather than with the smart and lively people in ‘standard accommodation’. Or the hotel - in a dull part of Brussels and very expensive. We must be more careful about this sort of thing in future. How much more satisfying to make clever, original (cheap) choices.'
'Instead of trying to specify it in full detail, you specify it only somewhat. You then ride on the dynamics of the system in the direction you want to go.'