From: Wade T.Smith (email@example.com)
Date: Fri 08 Nov 2002 - 12:44:10 GMT
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
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