Category Archives: serendipity

Sound of the Spontaneous

Psychedelic Blues from Drew Christie on Vimeo. Captain Beefheart was asked what the greatest concert he ever saw, and he answered something like this: Thelonious Monk was to play a solo piano concert at an old Victorian theatre in San … Continue reading

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Collaboration & Serendipity

I. FORTUITY [f. L. fortu‹imacbreve›t-us, f. forte by chance, f. fors chance + -ous.] That happens or is produced by fortune or chance; accidental, casual. OED Between 2005-2012, when I was researching serendipity as a decisive aspect of adult development, … Continue reading

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Synchronicity and Wheels

Monday, February 13, I was driving to Wadsworth, listening to a CD, thinking about my livelihood as an artist–such as it is–and a tune started up from my single most favored rock record of all time, The Gilded Palace of … Continue reading

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End of History Illusion

This idea upends a cognitive bias that may well have been valuable 100,000 years ago. Add the actuality of contingency and the fragility of the appearance of stability of the personality is obvious.

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Tying It All Together?

I am sometimes asked why I pay attention to astrology. Actually, I don’t pay much attention to it, but, for some, any attention paid to astrology begs the question of why a so-called pseudoscience could attract someone’s, or my own, … Continue reading

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Success & the Infinite

SUCCESS AND THE INFINITE (originally published on LinkedIn) The following question was pitched my way recently: how long does it take you to produce a finished piece of art? Obviously there can only be a generalized answer to this question. … Continue reading

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Artist’s Statement, Part I.

Ongoing, and maybe, never ending project aims to describe what I’m up to, as an artist. In my case, my hope is that the statement unhooks the viewer from its priming effect. My artistic goal hopes to invert the conventional … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Decay

Art of the Collection: The Photography of Rosamond Purcell from Hans Weise on Vimeo. An Art That Nature Makes, Molly Bernstein’s new film about the artist Rosamund Purcell, has opened, and closes tomorrow. Clearly this will be a must see … Continue reading

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Throw Back What You Catch

Garage sales are a primary source for the raw material for my photographic and generative art work. The process of gathering these materials together is part of my creative process. In late June I ventured down the driveway of a … Continue reading

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Missing Contingency

This motivational tendency is a creative process through which the agent approaches new solutions, and enacts new meanings (Arnellos et al. 2007). As we have argued so far, aesthetic emotions provide the agent with the capacity to enact even before … Continue reading

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Forced Choice

In sixty seconds, (1) Pick your favorite. (2) Pick your least favorite. Experiential Learning: Fourth Annual Experiential Learning Conference June 16-17, 2016 Hunting and Gathering In the Cleveland Art Museum (Thursday June 16, 1:45pm) facilitated by Stephen Calhoun, squareONE:experiential toolmakers … Continue reading

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Hunch a Bunch

“Instinct paints my pictures and guides me to my next subject. It’s the voice that says it’s not here, it’s over there.” – Tasmanian artist Bobby-Z Lambert A few days ago my cell phone rang and a voice with a … Continue reading

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Touch Recognition

Around the middle of January I received an email from a stranger. This happens often. The question about such emails is: will it sort into the box labeled Serendipitous Contact, or, Internet Scammer? This one ends up in the former … Continue reading

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Don’t Follow the Directions

Pagan Kennedy’s New York Times feature, How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity, is apparently drawn from her new book, due January 26, Inventology. Her article is a very good read. In the article Kennedy mentions a researcher, Sanda Erdelez. … Continue reading

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Eno On Cybernetics and Music Making

This video is new to me and it provided a big wallop. In my framing of fortuity, contingency and fragility, I have only roughed out some of the implications for music making. B.E. helps move this forward during a really … Continue reading

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Penetrating Sensings I.

(1) “The actual order (the Implicate Order) itself has been recorded in the complex movement of electromagnetic fields, in the form of light waves. Such movement of light waves is present everywhere and in principle enfolds the entire universe of … Continue reading

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The Flux of Serendipity

I told my new friend David, ‘last night the Kuper sisters came over for dinner.’ Kate has been a friend of mine since around the summer of 1967, and I met her the first time in the early weeks of … Continue reading

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Boojums, Anti-finality, Art, and Learning

  I’ve been in the season of collecting desiccated Lily blossoms from the Lily patches in our yard and the yard of our neighbors, a retired couple. I walk over and show proofs and drafts of new pieces to ‘Mrs. Neighbor,’ … Continue reading

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Discovering Novel Approaches

Learning Intention: Suggest ways of contemplating the problem I have with a person who just will not walk their talk. comment: First, a Cube-O-Probe casting from the newest Cube Sets, Archetypal #3, Archetypal #4, and Experiential learning #3. Second, this … Continue reading

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Cubes Upon Cubes

The cubes of the Cube-O-Probe are color coded to make it easy to constitute different aggregates from the several sets. The following is one cube set of dichotomies taken from what I term the Covert Pairs of the experiential learning … Continue reading

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