Friday, June 1, 2012

Exhibition in Prague

I learned something from an old boss I used to have over here in Prague. He was a consultant that came in and had to get a group of technical writers up and running in the company. Dude was wise. I remember he said think about the goal before you put a bunch of work into something. yeah, I always remember that. He was right. I've had this goal for a while to turn the writing I do into tactile pieces of art, then show them in some sort of exhibition that people will come and read/touch and (hopefully) enjoy. The hardest part is actually getting the stuff somewhere people can see it.

Amazingly though (thanks to my miracle maker girlfriend) the hard part has been taken care of. On June 9th I'll be showing a bunch of stuff outdoors on Namesti Republiky in the center of Prague from 5pm to 10pm. June 9th also happens to be Museum Night here in Prague, when most museums and galleries in Prague are open to the public all night for free. So that's an amazing coincidence :)

I think the pictures/writing I'm finishing is great. Really. Proud of it. Sharing pictures and writing digitally has been missing something for me. I wanted to make some things that are tactile, so that's what I've done/am doing. I don't know too much art or writing that's meant for that. So here's to that.

So I'm working towards June 9th. Got plenty of work to do. I'm gonna have a bunch of pictures and writing there for y'all to see. I'm not sure how many people who read my blog live here in Prague, but feel free to stop by Saturday night and introduce yourself if you do.

View Larger Map

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I want there to be a way for the travelling through the internet to be sort of tracked. Not tracked tracked, the way it is of course. Sometimes reading one thing, you follow a link somewhere else, then you see a word that you don't know, you open another tab to look up the word. Before I know it I have 5 or 6 tabs open. I think that's kind of interesting since it took time, and it's gotten you somewhere. Maybe there's nothing to that, it's interesting though. One day, I was reading the Pitchfork review of the reissue of Paul McCartney's Ram and there was the the line
"It's just the critics who say, 'Well, John was the biting tongue; Paul's the sentimental one,'" Linda observed shrewdly in a dual Playboy interview from 1984. "John was biting, but he was also sentimental. Paul was sentimental, but he could be very biting. They were more similar than they were different."
That led me over to the Playboy interview (really good) but more important to look up the word shrewdly. I heard that word in business, but I didn't really know what it meant. It means...
1. Characterized by keen awareness, sharp intelligence, and often a sense of the practical.
All that to get to this. I wanted to show everybody...

I just bought Steven Pressfield's The War of Art for kindle today. There's something to this particular chapter that I saw in the book preview that I think is said shrewdly.

Just because he says that so well I had to get the book. Just started it so I'll stop short of saying the whole thing's great. We'll see. High hopes though. So, shrewdly, here's to you...