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Posts tagged "the image"

Feb 22, 2014
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I will not just be a tourist in the world of images.

Feb 21, 2013
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I have the pictures in my head!
Mel Brooks, convincing the studio to let him direct The Producers

Jan 30, 2013
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Without images we can neither think nor understand anything.
— Martin Luther, 1533 sermon (via)

Jun 11, 2012
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thenearsightedmonkey:

“In The Pocket” by Lynda Barry
Sketchbook page 2

thenearsightedmonkey:

“In The Pocket” by Lynda Barry

Sketchbook page 2

Nov 11, 2011
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Lynda Barry, “What Is An Image?”

This Lynda Barry presentation at the Cusp Conference 2009, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL is probably the best video online of her images talk. You’ll love it.

Oct 31, 2011
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Course: Art/English/Theatre & Drama 469 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts
Topic Title: “What It Is: Manually Shifting the Image”
Instructors: Lynda Barry

Course description:


There is something common to everything we call the arts. What is it?It’s not aesthetics. I’ve seen a squatting guy at a Minnesota ‘Renaissance Faire’ perform Romeo and Juliet using just a cigarette butt and a bottle cap for the actors, and I’ve seen Romeo and Juliet performed by Shakespearean actors in full period costume, and both times this ‘it’ I’m talking about was there.This ancient ‘it’ has been around at least as long as we have had hands. It’s something I call ‘an image’ and this class is about using our hands — the original digital devices —- to understand the location, function, creation and use of images.…When we are kids we might call this interaction with an image ‘playing’ and when we are adults we might call it ‘creative concentration’ but it seems that there are similarities in the state of mind that comes about during the creation of and interaction with an image.
This state of mind is not plain old thinking. Its existence is tied to manipulating something in the external world, usually with our bodies, our hands or voices – a piece of cloth, a series of musical notes, a drawing, a written piece of dialog- The route to creating images seems to be more physical than thinkable. A reliable way to understand and experience images is to make things in series, which is what we’ll be doing in all of our writing and picture making sessions.


If you missed the NYTimes writeup of Lynda’s workshop, go read it.

Course: Art/English/Theatre & Drama 469 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts
Topic Title: “What It Is: Manually Shifting the Image”
Instructors: Lynda Barry

Course description:

There is something common to everything we call the arts. What is it?

It’s not aesthetics. I’ve seen a squatting guy at a Minnesota ‘Renaissance Faire’ perform Romeo and Juliet using just a cigarette butt and a bottle cap for the actors, and I’ve seen Romeo and Juliet performed by Shakespearean actors in full period costume, and both times this ‘it’ I’m talking about was there.

This ancient ‘it’ has been around at least as long as we have had hands. It’s something I call ‘an image’ and this class is about using our hands — the original digital devices —- to understand the location, function, creation and use of images.

When we are kids we might call this interaction with an image ‘playing’ and when we are adults we might call it ‘creative concentration’ but it seems that there are similarities in the state of mind that comes about during the creation of and interaction with an image.

This state of mind is not plain old thinking. Its existence is tied to manipulating something in the external world, usually with our bodies, our hands or voices – a piece of cloth, a series of musical notes, a drawing, a written piece of dialog- The route to creating images seems to be more physical than thinkable. A reliable way to understand and experience images is to make things in series, which is what we’ll be doing in all of our writing and picture making sessions.

If you missed the NYTimes writeup of Lynda’s workshop, go read it.

Oct 13, 2011
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Make me see!
— Charles Dickens’ advice to writers

Apr 18, 2011
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…the image world is somewhere in there, and I don’t know if I’m going to live long enough to track this sucker down … I feel like I’m this bounty hunter, you know — and I don’t know what the bounty will be.

Jan 08, 2011
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Sep 26, 2010
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Things don’t have to be instantly recognizable. You don’t have to understand something the minute you look at it. Often you give somebody a metaphor for something and it just sits in their head for a few years until something, some circumstance in their life unlocks it.
— Brad Holland, quoted in The New York Times' terrific History of 40 Years of Op-Ed illustration
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