Re: EXTROPIC ART: The Importance of Creativity

E. Shaun Russell (
Fri, 28 Feb 1997 20:52:27 -0800 (PST)

On 28/02/97, Natasha wrote:

>Let's talk "ideas." Our ideas are what makes us unique. Our transhuman
>ideas are establishing a paradigm for others. These ideas are necessary and
>important, for they will become points on the compass into the future,
>rather than going into the future pell mell. There is value in seeing -
>paying attention to - the creative act. There is value in ideas. There is
>also value in putting ideas into action.

Right on. I seem to take it for granted that the only way to
achieve something is to kineticize my potential or shift latency into
action. This principle is the underlying (and often unacknowledged)
motivation of art. Anything that anyone does to create anything is art.
What culturally defines an artist is "one who applies emotion to a medium;"
I personally call this a corporeal artist. Everyone is an artist in some
way or another (I seem to recall David Musick explaining that the way he
washes dishes or combs his hair fascinates him simply because he is
*creating* something) though most don't make their artistry into a
marketable form.

Natasha is absolutely correct when she says that "Our ideas are what
make us unique." I don't think anyone on this list can challenge that
statement. We all think differently, talk differently, walk differently,
act differently et cetera, and that is something to feel proud of. That is art.
That is attainable. Take it; mold it; feel it; taste it; love it, for it is
*yours* to create and enjoy, and everyone else's to respect and appreciate.

Ingredi Externus!

-E. Shaun Russell

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