*12.21.18. Thoughts on our intuition and design:

  • My inspiration mostly comes from my intuition, as I believe it is the highest form of our collective experience and intelligence; and I feel like lots of peers around me underestimate how powerful their instinct can be. That's some of the design adapt trends, as they don't seek inspiration from themselves. I do appreciate the existence of design trends, especially the logo revolution in the fashion industry since they need to target more thirsty millennials by slowly walking away from calligraphy and serifs which really speak for the brand's culture and history. It is also very common to see designs look more and more similar; it loses authenticity and originality, as they don't come from a human but trends. Since I am a nobody,  maybe some words from Einstein can back me up on this point: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." When we make design decisions, let's for once listen to our feelings. 🙂

*1.20.19. Thoughts on how I learn about art and guide myself at a museum:

  1. I never walk pass by a wall full of texts. It feels like I skip a page of an interesting book. Typically there is a huge chunk of paragraphs at the entrance of an exhibition when you go to a museum. I usually "force" myself to read through them slowly, even though there are lots of vocabularies or professional terms curators use that  I am not aware of. But it helps you to understand the intention of an artist and the background of an artwork. I barely walk into an exhibition without any knowledge of the artist or the history the artwork has created. 
  2. I also "force" myself by asking questions before I leave a museum: anything new and exciting I learned today? Any artwork impresses or fascinated me? Do I enjoy this artist's work or not? If my answer doesn't satisfy me, I would feel awful– yea I really have a thing with self-reflection. I regard every visit to a museum as a precious opportunity to learn about art and curation. I get very pumped before every visit to a museum. Unfortunately, I barely felt the same excitement when I went to school. 
  3. I like to visit a museum on a rainy day as I will be calmer and more conscious of the surroundings. I also enjoy going to a museum with a friend who can share his/her thoughts or even argue with me, instead of asking me what to eat right after. It is the same as you finish watching a thriller movie with friends without showing off your understanding of its plot. 
  4. When looking at a specific artwork, I typically look at it twice or more. At first glance, I intentionally look at it without reading the caption, so that I can appreciate it with my aesthetics and think about its meaning on my own.   Second glance I look at it with the caption, and I realize it will totally refresh my understanding of this artwork; most of the time it surprises me. Probably that's why I typically spend roughly 3 or4 hours at a museum. When I am so into a specific theme, I get very, very serious learning about them. 
  5. I am also very interested in curation. A successful curation will make you feel you just get back to the reality from the ancient times once you step out of the museum. I pay attention to choices of a frame, color of a wall, ornament and even lighting in a room, etc. All these elements need to match perfectly with the theme. Besides the masterpiece you see at a museum, it is also the atmosphere of an exhibition that helps you fully immerse in art. 

*2.1.19: Music, Nature, and Art can cure anything.

*3.1.19: Quotes from the book I am currently reading, Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley:

  • From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes. Most island universes are sufficiently like one another to Permit of inferential understanding or even of mutual empathy or "feeling into." Thus, remembering our own bereavements and humiliations, we can condole with others in analogous circumstances, can put ourselves in their places. But in certain cases, communication between universes is incomplete or even nonexistent. The mind is its own place, and the Places inhabited by the insane and the exceptionally gifted are so different from the places where ordinary men and women live, that there is little or no common ground of memory to serve as a basis for understanding or fellow feeling. Words are uttered, but fail to enlighten. The things and events to which the symbols refer belong to mutually exclusive realms of experience.


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