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Thursday, March 09, 2006
From signal vs. noise (again)
Art statements, Pitchfork, and fancypants analysis:
A nice piece about over intellectualizing art. Here is my favorite quote in the piece:
It reminds me of a quote I once read on a bathroom wall: "Academics take simple ideas and make them complicated. Artists take complicated ideas and make them simple." If you can come up with a truly elucidating explanation of art, then, by all means, go for it. Otherwise, shut up. Actually, that's pretty true for any writing. If you're not making things clearer, stop typing.I always feel slightly sheepish when a good student finally understands what I teach. They always say: 'This stuff seems so simple.' I think that's because the good ideas simplify complicated things. Not vice versa. Also true for good research; it makes complicated problems simple. And opens the doors to solving new problems.
Good academics simplify. But why do we have such a bad reputation?
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