“Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. The term is attributed to Klaus Conrad by Peter Brugger, who defined it as the ‘unmotivated seeing of connections’ accompanied by a ‘specific experience of an abnormal meaningfulness’, but it has come to represent the human tendency to seek patterns in random information in general, such as with gambling and paranormal phenomena.”— source [thanks a lot to Fette & Kyle Chayka] (via mianoti)
“DEAR WOLF I FIND IT REPULSIVE AFTER ANALYSIS OF PRESENT HISTORICAL SITUATION TO PLAY OLD ARTFART HAPPENING GAMES TO ENTERTAIN RULING CLASS STOP TIME HAS COME TO DECIDE WHAT WE WANT STOP REAL LIFE IS ONLY PLACE TO CREATE CHANGE SINCERELY YOURS JEAN JACQUES LEBEL”—Telegram from Jean-Jacques Lebel to Wolf Vostell, rejecting his invitation to be part of the exhibition he was co-curating with Harald Szeemann for the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Happening & Fluxus, 1970 (via grupaok)
For some reason, we think that poetry is this thing you do on the side, once you get your math done or your science done. Same thing with writing or any of the things we call “the arts” – there’s this idea that they’re just an elective, they’re just decoration, and they have nothing to do with our survival … or why we can stand to be here.
That’s the reason I’ve made it to 53 – because of finding these things that poetry or painting or place contain. That’s the stuff of mental health, and we ignore it at our peril.
Something magical happens when we read a book to a kid, when we’re read a book.
So I wanted to steal that feeling — that’s why the format looks like a kids’ book, so that I could get to that part of your head that’s pre-cynical, the part of your head that isn’t yet afraid of what other people are going to think of you, the part of your head that has the bravery to do this work that matters. If I can steal that and get in, that’s my goal.