I am endlessly intrigued and inspired by the Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive exhibition on at the Vancouver Art Gallery right now. I have gone once with the distraction of performance art and alcohol, and again with a 5-year-old. I’m planning to skip work Tuesday to have Natalie Brettschneider all to myself.
I work in design… in more than one way. It’s kinda meta. Basically I work as an educator and curriculum designer in a design field of study.
I’m not sure how I missed this, but I recently came across some random mention of empathy and design in the same sentence. Zing! Lightning strikes! I have so many ideas and thoughts tumbling out…
I’ve been fascinated with artists and narcissism, creativity and dysfunction, roadblocks and self-defeating behaviours. I’m designing a course on personal and professional development for designers; I’m examining my own preferences for creative companions, while maintaining a commitment to self-care; I’m questioning with a friend why we chose design rather than art.
A few things to add to the nebulous cloud of ideas:
Ambidextrous thinking – implies thinking with ‘right’ and ‘left’ brains together, as well as thinking with the whole body (in other words, kinesthetic thinking)
Scientific vs. Design thinking – How do we approach problems similarly? Differently?
Characteristics of the designer – Empathetic, curious, creative, left+right brained, optimistic, collaborative
I’m also interested to explore applying design thinking to societal and business problems – truly creative problem solving . Design thinking leaves room for the muckiness of a wicked problem… and we’ve certainly got a lot of those.
I feel like I need to do some flow-charting….
Zander Olsen’s Tree, Line brings two of my loves together: art that interacts with the natural landscape (Olsen describes them as “site specific interventions in the landscape”), and art that invites the viewer into a perspective shift. Considering the latter, I revel in these glimpses of a different way of looking at the world. Like perhaps I can keep my brain in this alternate universe for a moment, and solve a problem that’s confounded me.
This piece by Graziano Locatelli is haunting me. It landed in my instagram feed while I was away camping for the last week. I keep going back to it, sending it to another friend, going back to it…
But perhaps more haunting is the mystery of his personal website. Why did he let it expire? Who is this Japanese beef-loving party planner who’s taken over? How does such an unattractive WordPress theme exist? The mistranslation from party planner to social worker is so satisfying!
I recommend poking around on his facebook page for “i Pop”.
Today I scoured the city for inspiration. Art left me empty, trains of thought hit dead ends. And then my daycare provider sent me this song, saying my kid really liked it.