Re: Aunger speaks, London 11th November

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Fri 08 Nov 2002 - 12:44:10 GMT

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    On Thursday, November 7, 2002, at 08:06 , Grant Callaghan wrote:

    > Can we say we actually know anything about the process that produces
    > the artifact?

    Yes, we can say quite a lot, and a lot of it involves the motivations and preparations of performance. All of it feelings, and conjecture, of course. We can discuss, in quite minute detail, the thoughts of a violinist preceding a performance- and we should, if we can, and they'll let us, because such a highly rehearsed performance is a special case, where the only variables involved are chance occurrences like strings breaking or unusual weather or acoustics.

    The recollections of artists during their performance of their art is also illuminating. Any discussion of the creative process brings in patterns and common processes.

    And finally, there is the performance itself- apprehended and utilized. And the product, on the shelf, on the wall, on the desk, on the street.

    How well the process of producing the Edsel is known. (Pathologies are always studied....)

    - Wade

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