Tag Archives: Play

Why Play?

As children, we play. Nobody has to compel us to play or tell us how. We just do. We make up the games we play, using our imaginations. It comes pretty naturally, for most people. We play as a childhood … Continue reading

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Rebuilding and Reinventing

Life can be a real bitch at times, despite all the things you have to be grateful for. You think you’re doing your best work, learning new skills all the time and creating copious amounts of tangible value, but events … Continue reading

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Creativity is Fragile

Some people think great creative works fall from the sky abundantly, like rain, rather than being being the unique and irreplaceable products of literally years of preparation, training and work, that means each one can never be replicated ever again. … Continue reading

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Creativity and Efficiency

In art, as in most things in life, creativity and efficiency co-exist in tension. If you optimise on creativity, it often isn’t very efficient. On the other hand, if you’re obsessive about efficiency, that can easily drive out creativity. The … Continue reading

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Raising the Stakes on Failure

As a child, my favourite game was learning. It’s what I called “play”, but my approach was always curiosity-driven, by design and undertaken to see how far my imagination could take me. My play was always about seeing if I … Continue reading

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Tragicians

It occurred to me, the other day, that there was no word I could think of to describe what I believe is a very large group of people.  Artists are particularly well represented in this group (perhaps over represented), but … Continue reading

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It All Depends on How You Look at It

When I was a teenager, circa 1975, I had a band.  We liked to play loud and we practiced in the front rooms or garages of our parents’ houses.  Sometimes, if the weather was fine, we’d play on the back … Continue reading

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