2002 — Streamers of Consciousness
July 23 – October 31
The presentation is intentionally informal, fluid, random, and unbalanced. It is a jumbled mass ofcolor, shape and movement that is reminiscent of the consciousness.
Thoughts or concepts are invisible or not cohesive. They need to be discovered. Ideas overlap and cannot always be understood from one vantage point. The streamers in this installation represent the ways that thoughts are discovered or remembered.
Ideas are sometimes serious and relate to the overall consciousness of the world. Other ideas are playful and comment on the nature of the individual. Sometimes the idea is a goal or aspiration, while others are warnings about consequences of behaviors.
The quotes represent various nationalities of philosophers, entertainers, politicians, writers, artists, and others who span centuries of thought. Selection was limited by the space for presentation, the number of streamers that would fit in the space, and the size of the streamers.
1. Create a visually aesthetic experience through color, design, movement and form that will provoke thoughts of the collective knowledge.
2. Create a reaction to the written word in an unusual presentation.
3. Explore the use of the space with form, color and movement.
Text of Quotations:
Every idea is an incitement.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes from Gitlow v. United States, 256 US 652.673 (1925)
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
-Carl Sagan from Cosmos, Television Series
You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
-Friedrich Nietzsche from Thus spoke Zarathustra, Prologue 5
Humor is reason gone mad.
We live in a rainbow of chaos.
-Paul Cezanne from Eyes of Chaos
The things hardest to bear are sweetest to remember.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Man – a being in search of meaning.
A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, – a mere heart of stone.
-Charles Darwin – Quoted in Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist, 1994, p.457
A day without laughter is a day wasted.
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
-Confucius from Analects, Part II, vol. XI: 15
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Life itself is the proper binge.
-Julia Child from Baking with Julia, PBS television Series
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
-George Santayana from The Life of Reason, 1905, v.4:3
The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.
-Blaise Pascal from Pensees, v.4, p. 277.
Even while they teach, men learn.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca from Letters 7.8
Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it.
It matters not how a man dies but how he lives.
-Samuel Johnson from Sir John Hawkins, v. 2 p. 106
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
Fame is a food that dead men eat.
Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.
A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted in the air.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt from his October 26, 1939 Address
Fate keeps on happening.
-Anita Loos from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1925.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
-Sir Winston Churchill
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
Even in dreams good works are not wasted.
-Pedro Calderon de la Barca from La Vida es Sueno, 1636.
So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.
If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.