brains in general

In the beginning of December I started reading Damasio. It’s a challenging task, VERY CHALLENGING! But at times also a very rewarding project. I read him to understand a bit more about the brain (my own – and brains in general). And I also read him because I’m interested in looking at art from a biological…

perfectly useful concentration

What one seems to want in art, in experiencing it, is the same thing that is necessary for its creation, a self-forgetful, perfectly useless concentration.  – Elizabeth Bishop, letter to Anne Stevenson, Jan. 1964 In the same boat: It’s very interesting to see how Bishop, in this short and powerful statement, parallels experiencing & creating…

finding words, creating subjectivity

From a bold perspective; would it be possible to claim an affinity between the ideas of the neuroscientist Antonio Damasio and the poet Lyn Hejinian? Comparing how they both present making art as a way of making subjectivity makes me think they might approach a similar conclusion from different points of view. Here is Lyn Hejinian: The desire that is stirred by…

Explaining Emotions

A great post by Ann Michael made me curious about the work of Antonio Damasio: Here is Damasio in a recent interview: Q: What made you so interested in emotions as an area of study? A: There was something that appealed to me because of my interest in literature and music. It was a way of combining what…