Dear LO, Alan,
>Replying to LO30257 --
>dear AM De Lange,
>The following link relates to creativity in engineering design -
When the page 'opened' I thought, (in the first nano second of 'first
level enlightenment';-) Arrggghhhhhh!
But I have learned to persevere ;-)
>Recognition: Identification of potential design problem
>Saturation: The designer does intensive attack on the problem so that the
>problem solver saturates himself/herself with the problem. No solution is
>reached at this stage.
>Incubation: During this period the problem solver becomes interested in
>other matter and the problem ceases to occupy her/his conscious.
>Illumination: While solving some other problem, in some chance moment of
>reflection, the designer mind drifts back to the first problem and
>conceives illuminating flash of solution.
>Elaboration: Establish specification of solution.
Behind me, on the floor (where else) was a bit of paper with an image
(Anon. 1998 Systemic Workshop) and by it is this 'quote' which,
obviously, I thought appropriate to append.
"You always start with something. Afterwards you can remove all traces of
reality. There is no danger then anyway, because the idea of the object
will have left an indelible mark. It is what started you off, excited his
ideas, and stirred up his emotions. When I paint a picture I am not
concerned with the fact that two people may be represented in it. Those
two people once existed for me but they exist no longer. My vision of them
gave me an initial emotion, then little by little they became for me a
fiction, and then they disappeared altogether, or rather were transfomred
into all kinds of problems, so that they became for me no longer two
people but forms and colours which nevertheless resume an experience of
the two people and preserve the vibration of their life." Pablo Picasso
' and preserve the vibration of their life...' What a beautiful phrase...
I am reminded of an opening sentence in the Introduction to Leo Minnigh's
book (draft) about creativity, which I am most fortunate to have a copy
"Rivers never follow the shortest route to the sea."
Waves, ripples, vibrations.
What's this, epistemology -- >
"Working from life is working from memory. And the time between the
instant when he looks at the model and the instant later, when he looks at
the paper of canvas, or clay to copy what he has just seen may as well be
an eternity. The model can go on standing still forever. -- And it is not
just because of the necessity to look away -- it is also because our mind
has to get outside the sensation before we can copy it. Our very sensation
pushes it into the past. It slips away as we try to grasp it, because we
try to grasp it. The artist (like the river;-) can never get there,
whether he works from nature and builds up an accumulation of memories,
modifying and contradicting one another, or whether one works from memory
and constructs a synthesis of what he remembers having seen.
Giacometti's work lays naked the despair known to every artist who has
ever tried to copy what he sees. At the same time it is an affirmation
that there is a hardcore which remains from all that has been seen and
that this can be stabilised, this can be saved, this can be rendered as if
indestructible." Today, near the site of the collapsed twin towers in New
York there still stands the walls, that hold back the river Hudson from
flooding the city, or that part of the city. An artist cum architect
wishes to personify what remains, to monumentalise what events happened
there, which is now a memory. He has also designed a place where light
'happens' I cannot say more. "Giacometti's work lays naked the despair
known to every artist who has ever tried to copy what he sees. At the same
time it is an affirmation that there is a hardcore which remains from all
that has been seen and that this can be stabilised, this can be saved,
this can be rendered as if indestructible."
In the last five years or so it is a wonder to me how much I have learned
and forgotten;-). How many people, many, most, nearly all with minds
educated to become/be more like 'engineers' than 'artists'. At the start I
stumbled into a very small pool of light, no more than a puddle in the
ocean of man, a tiny ditch in the river of culture's time, the thread was
from St Augustine to Hannah Arendt. When I read her first, I did not know
what had happened to her in Nazi Germany. I still have some more reading
Hannah, like Augustine 'pre-figures'. I love those who 'pre-figure'. To
love is to 'pre-figure'
Hannah, we are complexifying and the 'clashings' have begun like drums and
cymbals, clashing -
..Andrew, -- in such times making and keeping promises...making and
The local school children aged fourteen are off on a school trip abroad in
two weeks. The teacher is concerned at the amount of physical and
emotional 'disabilities' that the children have declared on the forms for
travel insurance. Many related to stress and lack of cohesion in life's
They are going to Auschwitz.
Hannah knew all about bricks...
>For example: House construction
> Material Storey Bedroom ...
>Many combinations can be generated.
what was written over the gates?
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