Artist, Creative Director
“I gave up making choices. I’ve merely changed my responsibility from making choices to asking questions. It’s not easy to ask questions.” (John Cage)
2012 marks the centennial of the birth of John Cage, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and a headliner in the first Glass House Country Happening (1967) with The Velvet Underground and Merce Cunningham.
For 50 years, Cage developed an approach to music, art and design involving "chance operations"—a shift in the creative process from taste and judgement to highly disciplined questioning. Cage's removal of his judgement from decision-making brings up critical questions about the role of the ego in creativity, suggesting that a more open acknowledgement of ambiguity and uncertainty—even failure—in design might be valuable.
Is ego a critical component of success in today's design world? Is design humility possible?
Caren gave the final word
The way I see it, design is humility. And clients are the chance.
Sunday, February 19 at 7:21pm
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