On art

Art should live outside – in the public space.

Publicly consumed; the self’s breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Tangled in the office commute, the school drop-off, the supermarket shop, the email send; amongst us.

Provoking debate – conversation – emotion.

Art provoking art.


A world made of art – not just decorated by it.




On trends

19:58 … generic “chill” music – porcelain clatter – metal-extension – conversational hum … the flight to Brisbane boarding …

… waiting room reading …

… reading about ‘the new’ / ‘the trends’ / ‘the what-will-happen-in-2017’

So many ideas – so many thoughts – so many discoveries that I haven’t yet made…



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… a future that is overwhelming and exciting in equal measure and with equal intensity …

There is so much to do and so little time to do it …

… and then to do it ‘well’ – a whole different wave of unease …

Which to choose?  Which fork to take? (or whether to take a fork at all – best eat w ones fingers; paleo-inspired)

What new year’s trend to follow / to immerse in / to subscribe to?


On trends and ‘the new’ – an idea …

hold each lightly


subscribe only to those that make sense … those that sing.




List-making, -following, -dismissing.

‘Must-do Lists’ – ‘Top 10 things to do’ – ‘Unmissable tours / views / restaurants / galleries /shops / bars’ …

No-one can do everything – not even in one’s own city …

So why the urge regardless?

Because it’s easy.

‘Everything’ is determined by ‘everyone’ … else. No personal responsibility needed.

“You have to do X” – “Don’t miss Y” – “We had the best time at Z”

Everyone has an opinion.

But the only opinion that has any real impact on my life is mine.

I want to say that I am better at following personal preference – but I’m not sure that I am.

I get swept away by the tide that I find myself in …

Many times – but not always.

I’m writing this, sitting in damp stone steps leading to a small shrine on Miyajima Island.

Others are focussed on climbing to the ropeway.

Some are taking pictures as they go; cameras on a 45 degree angle from the base of my stairs for 10 seconds or less.

No-one has ventured up.

It’s peaceful – dense in temperature … and history.

I don’t particularly want to go on the ropeway – the peak is clouded over and I’m enjoying myself where I am.

I’m meant to be where I am.

The difference between ‘better’ and ‘the best that it can be’

For me, ‘better’ implies that it is not good now. That, for right now, there are flaws that can be immediately rectified (and that possibly should have been identified previously).

There’s a hint of blame in ‘better’.

‘Best that it can be’ takes factors into account. It allows imperfection. It has faith that there has been real and honest work.

Evolution will happen. Growth will happen. ‘Best that it can be’ …with an inferred additional clause … ‘for right now

No blame. Acceptance of reality and an understanding, and encouragement, of constant change.



Perception … and Japanese zen gardens

What do I think of this temple?

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What do I see? What do I sense? What do I hear? What do I smell? What do I taste?

I am a tourist who wants to be termed ‘curious’.

I came because it is the oldest zen temple Kyoto. As  a result, this temple was on my list of  ‘must dos’ (‘must’ being defined by me, with reference to what others would think of me if I did not make this visit)

I stayed because I was tired of walking. I paid the entry fee for the same reason.

I remain here, and I write here, because I want to better understand my sense of connection to this location.

I am writing overlooking a zen garden; a square, circle and triangle; the three shapes the offer the foundation for every other shape on earth … according to the garden’s creator.

It is not ‘pretty’… it soothes the ‘self’.

Why this sense of calm?

Is there an element that is actually calm-inducing – or is there a perception that a zen-temple will be calm-inducing – the perception being all that is necessary for the realisation of calm?

Is perception as important as reality? Does perception create reality?

Why do we take photos?

Two reasons – two audiences …

  1. For ourselves : to capture a moment in time and preserve it.
  2. For others : to evidence our presence in that moment.



But a foundational why still exists – why do we feel the need to capture and preserve?

Where does the urge come from?

In a world of constant reminders to ‘capture’ it could be argued that we have been ‘marketed’ into it …

New verb – freshly coined  : to be encouraged to the point of involuntary action by a marketing campaign.

… but is this merely the modern equivalent of tracing a hand – scratching a cross in the sand – hacking initials into a tree?

Our desire to make marks existed long before our ability to upload …

We make marks, therefore we are.