This morning we had a 3 hour lecture from Matthew about abandoned practices and endangered uses and how these ideas might be useful lenses through which to think about creative (or performance) practice.
In the course of the lecture Matthew introduced the idea of the commonplace book, a scrapbook of sorts where writers would keep a note of quotations that interested them from a variety of different sources (an abandoned practice in a sense, although bookmarking websites and Pinterest seem to bear some resemblance to this idea).
I was particularly interested in the idea of commonplace books as thought rehearsals. Perhaps I can think of the writing that exists on this blog as a similar exercise, a chance for my reflections to chart a process or learning and practise the thinking that I might engage with once this process is complete.
So in the spirit of the commonplace book here is a list of questions and quotations that stood out for me today:
our response to what stops us is our responsibility
has the floor become endangered?
practice is a negotiation between beliefs and action
how might we avoid the dangers of prohibitive thought and allow experience to take the lead?
to what extent does intellect prohibit creative action?
how can we observe from within?
all particles tend to fall
they swerve a little, not much, but just enough for us to say they change direction
winding down is endangered
the way things stop has changed
thought rehearsal as preparation