Quotes and Statements

Quotes and statements I’ve read which mean something to me


Richard Hamilton defended his right to paint whatever he wants to portray, regardless of how controversial the resulting image is. He said: ‘What I always say is: I do whatever I feel like’


‘People don’t seem to understand that an artist is free to do whatever he wants, and I’ve always relished that possibility.’ – Richard Hamilton


‘Art Is The Best Possible Window Into Another World’ – John Dewey


Reading about Giacometti, it was often mentioned that he would create the work by the way he “looked upon himself”


“Memory is the cabinet of imagination, The treasury of reason, The registry of conscience, And the council chamber of thought.” – Basile


There is a special border, the border between art and life that often shifts deceptively. Yet, without this border, there is no art. In the process of being produced, art borrows material from life, and the traces of life still shine through the completed work of art. But, at the same time, the distance from life is the essence, the substance of art. And, yet, life has still left its traces. The more scrarred the work of art is by the battles waged on the borders between art and life, the more interesting it becomes.


‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’ – Einstein


The simplicity of the paintings adds to the sense of entrapment; there wasn’t the time for anything more studied or crafted.


The Act of Killing brilliantly does what documentary does best: it asks uncomfortable questions about our world. It also does what the best documentaries do: it raises troubling questions about itself.


According to one recently defended thesis, in spite of functional differences, imagination and belief carry information in a single code. Thus systems that take input from belief can take isomorphic inputs from imagination, and will process that input in broadly similar ways. A system receiving the input from an imagining that P or a belief that P will produce similar (though not identical) output. The framework inspired by this thesis is supposed to solve a number of philosophical problems about the imagination and fiction, and enjoys both philosophical and empirical support.28 One can take a lesson from this approach without commitment to the single code thesis: the representational (or information-carrying) nature of imaginative states is such that these states can be processed by a variety of mental and cognitive systems. And those systems are, at least some of them, the same systems that process belief representations.


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