Category Archives: Inspiration

Things Come Out of Nothing

“Beautiful things grow out of shit. Nobody ever believes that. Everyone thinks that Beethoven had his string quartets completely in his head—they somehow formed in his head—and all he had to do was write them down, and they would kind … Continue reading

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Once in a Lifetime and Once Upon a Time

“All our work is about freedom. Nobody can buy our projects, nobody can sell tickets to experience our projects. Freedom is the enemy of possession and possession is equal to permanence. That is why our projects cannot remain and must … Continue reading

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Artists & Criminals

“The only important elements in any society are the artistic and the criminal, because they alone, by questioning the society’s values, can force it to change.” — Samuel R. Delany  ♥

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Like a Bug High on the Wall

“Somebody asked me: ‘What do you do? How do you write, create?’ You don’t, I told them. You don’t try. That’s very important: not to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait … Continue reading

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The Purpose

Why would someone want to make art in the first place? Where do you see your purpose as an artist? The purpose of art is to touch the hearts of strangers without all the embarrassing trouble of having to meet … Continue reading

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Mark Dion’s Massachusetts Moment

“I have always been interested in the subjective nature of museums. I have worked with a wide range of collecting institutions, from art museums; archaeology, technology and history museums; natural history museums; and even zoos and aquariums. In all these … Continue reading

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Treasure Nothing

“Treasure nothing, be willing to throw out anything. The story you just wrote that you are proud of should not be coddled and worshipped. You can do it again. If your house burned down with all your work inside it, … Continue reading

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In Other Words

“The ‘secret’ is skill. If you haven’t learned how to do something, the people who have may seem to be magicians, possessors of mysterious secrets. In a fairly simple art, such as making pie crust, there are certain teachable ‘secrets’ … Continue reading

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Slaughtering Our Finest Impulses

“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because … Continue reading

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Our Own Sanctity

“The greatest art symbolizes not those things that we have observed so much as those things that we have experienced, and when the imaginary saint or lover or hero moves us most deeply, it is the moment when he awakens … Continue reading

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