I had the pleasure of co-authoring a chapter over break with Yagiz Mungan about our work in Minecraft as it relates to the arts and gaming.
Yagiz was such a pleasure to work with, and as far as I can tell our writing styles and working schedules combine well. I hope the chapter ends up being successful though I have to give up all rights to it in order to get it published (another rant perhaps).
Anyhow we were dividing, organizing and writing and I ended up dropping an inspirational quote into one of the areas. I think it was Scott Adams, and I have to confess I was just trying to see if I liked the format or if it would be a distraction. I rolled this around for a few days and it occured to me to ask myself: “what exactly are we doing with these quotes?” It didn’t feel right. Upon further reflection (and especially after screening Anita Sarkeesian’s videos for my game studies class) that I should be using quotes by a woman.
“This shouldn’t be difficult…” I remember thinking. Boy was I wrong. I ended up fishing around on the internet and consulting our librarian before I was able to fine significant quotes BY women rather than ABOUT women. About has a nice list of Quotes by Women and I located a great book in the library.
In the end I think we had four quotes, and now we wait to see if the editor notices our little subversion or if the style even matches with the rest of the work. It is the least I could do.
I realized sometime during the break that I am part of the problem, and this is a tiny step to create a shift in MY thinking.
Downtime from First Friday made for an excellent evening. I realized that I was trundling through some of the history of Works San Jose when I ended up at our old 3rd street location for the show Saying Things @ Seeing Things
I joked with people on Facebook that reading is so last century and that I just experienced the writing on the work formally. Oddly this is half true, it was interesting seeing the response of other people as they read the work, but for me in an art gallery it is less about the specifics of the content (the writing in this case) and more about the aesthetic experience. The writing is mundane, humerous, obsessive and borders on stream of conscious if it werent for the fact that these things must take some time to produce. As a wall the white on black works, as a form the way they are mounted in columns creates an interesting space and as art they are interesting.
Folowing that I made my way to the Works San Jose members show closing and annual meeting. There was something really compelling about the hodge podge zeitgeist of the SV artists represented. The kids drawing bordered on insulting, but contained a charm that harkened towards some of the work at Kaleid’s Two Buck Tuesday. It was fun to circle round and round the gallery not worried about missing something related to the body of work.
I didn’t even take notice of the fact that I was able to have a conversation with Brian. Why did it feel so strange? Well, with no First Friday Brian & Cheri were able to get out and see work instead of having to tend the gallery. I wish this could happen more, but understand why it just cannot be anything but a rare treat.
It is not the state nor the school’s responsibility to educate you. It is your responsibility, just because it doesn’t work out doesn’t mean there needs to be systemic change or a “revolution.” – from ch 52 responsibility http://paragogy.net/images/1/1d/Paragogy-book.pdf