I’ve long found Brian Eno (Eno, is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer (early Roxy Music), and visual artist) a fascinating and insightful character. His little book A Year with Swollen Appendices (pub. 2007) stares down from the shelf at me as I write this post.
“…Eno spoke at length about his definition of art and culture, and its continued importance in an era increasingly focused on STEM values—science, technology, education, and math—where it can sometimes feel as though the goal of our education leaders and politicians is simply to train a new generation of C++ programmers. I listened to it, appropriately enough, driving up Interstate 280 through Silicon Valley after a visit to the Computer History Museum, and it struck me that Eno had made an essential point about the role of art in both creating and making sense of social transformation. ‘We’re going to be in a world of ultrafast change,’ he said. ‘It’s really accelerating at the moment and will continue to. And we’re going to have to somehow stay coherent. What are we going to be doing? I think we’re going to be even more full-time artists than we are now.’…”
~ Steven Johnson, from here. Youtube excerpts from the conversation via the link to the left.
I’m certain I need more artists to help me make sense of this world that I inhabit; and more help to ‘read’ and enter more fully into artistic expression. A good starting point for me, aside from just spending time with literature, poetry, film, paintings etc. was this little book by Ossian Ward, Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art (pub. 2014).