The Theater of Making
Videos depicting the hand-making of various objects have become a genre. They look great, and seem to speak to a hunger for thing-transparency. But the story that matters is not that of a thing made, it's that of a thing desired.
Managing Digital Durability
Digital things can seem definitively less durable than physical ones, but that's misleading. In reality, digital stuff can linger on both by design, and by default. The question becomes: How to deal with that? This stuff is already here; maybe it can be made to be here in a better way.
A recent book on "the art of the art assignment" offers a pleasing antidote to recent discourse on the subject of creativity. It's messy, open-ended, inspiring, chaotic, useful, and gave me a new appreciation for the assignment as a form.