Without a problem to solve, how much interest do you take in anything?
Convention, a sort of memory, is the biggest obstacle in enjoying life and art.
He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.
(St. Francis of Assisi)
The last thing I’d do is define myself. Tomorrow I could be the opposite of what I am today.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
Der Tanz ist das Ziel des Tanzes. Der Tanz entsteht durch das Tanzen.
(Heinz von Foerster/Bernhard Pörksen, 2001)
... the splinters of the cosmos I find in my tea
(I.K. Bonset/Theo van Doesburg, 1920)
What it is is, you do what you do and pray that they like it...
(Woody Allen, 1965)
... when you succeed in defining and cutting things off something, you thereby take the life out of them.
(John Cage, 1976)
A work of art is never finished, it’s just abandoned.
Experience is a kind of paralysis.
(Erik Satie, 1920)
Doet u ook zo uw best om uit de maat te lopen als u op straat een draaiorgel tegenkomt?
(Kees van Kooten, 1980)
One day I went to the dentist. Over the radio they said it was the hottest day of the year. However, I was wearing a jacket, because going to a doctor has always struck me as a somewhat formal occasion. In the midst of his work, Dr. Heyman stopped and said: „Why don’t you take your jacket off?” I said, „I have a hole in my shirt and that’s why I have my jacket on.” He said, „Well, I have a hole in my sock, and, if you like, I’ll take my shoes off.”
(John Cage, 1944)
... art reach(es) its height at the moment of maximum resistance from the medium.
Nothing is as temporary as contemporary.
(Willem Frederik Hermans)
The best way to make dreams come true is to wake up.