“I know this will appear very simplistic, but I think that choosing to work within a non-mainstream system, self-releasing records (or releasing them on like-minded labels), playing low budget concerts is a choice that has very strong social implications. I’m not interested in using the word ‘artist’. What we do has much more to do with small scale economy, sustainability and the necessity to remain an independent individual.”—Giuseppe Ielasi (via jsoliday)
“In “You Are Not a Gadget,” Jaron Lanier writes, “The central mistake of recent digital culture is to chop up a network of individuals so finely that you end up with a mush. You then start to care about the abstraction of the network more than the real people who are networked, even though the network by itself is meaningless. Only the people were ever meaningful.””—A Death in the Database : The New Yorker
“Competition is dangerous, socially offensive, considered right and normal, because you are brought up to that value system. What kind of competition did Jesus have? What kind of competition is there in your body? Suppose your brain said, “I’m the most important organ!” And the liver said, “I am. And I want to go with a Free Enterprise system!” You’d rot away in a month… if every organ of your body went out for itself.”—Jacque Fresco on Larry King in 1974
“[DIY is] not merely a fiscal decision. I don’t want other people handling my business. I actually like doing it, I like talking to people. Booking shows is an incredible process, if you are interested in it. I also love to drive—I’ve driven all over the world—it’s fascinating. I like doing the work. That’s actually the point. People say “Oh you make your living from music”—that’s not exactly true, I make my living from my work. And I work hard, so I can play music.”—Ian MacKaye
“I think there’s a capriciousness that happens in art that’s very indulgent, and I like to make the innovations and creative acts within my work incrementally. There are some cultures that worship innovation, and I believe in innovation, and I believe that innovation is one of the characteristics that define my work. However, it only works when it’s on a really solid foundation. And I think this is largely a reaction against the perceived obsolescence that is perceived in consumer products, and a reaction against the capriciousness and indulgence of artists in my community who I love, but am frustrated by the quality of their work because there isn’t enough backbone to it.”—Tom Sachs - The Curse of Creativity
I realized something about myself. I’m very good at managing many, many things, which I always tried to curb. I have so many projects going on and I always thought: I’m doing too many things and I never realized that actually that’s what I do well. I always thought that I’m doing something wrong, that I’m doing something badly. I made a multiplicity of stuff my full-time thing and that has worked out pretty well.
For some people, it’s really hard to do one thing. Maybe that sounds strange. But, if I have two things or three things or four things or five things, they inform one another. It’s like: I have a dog, and I was just watching a second dog for the holidays while someone is traveling. It’s a little more challenging to have two dogs physically. But the dogs entertain one another. Just like two kids entertain one another. It’s this way with ideas and projects. All the burden is on you and that one thing to generate all those ideas. Where are all those ideas going to come from? If you put another project next to it and another project next to that and even better if none of the projects have anything to do one another, they actually inform the other thing. It actually makes every single one of the ideas stronger and richer as a result.
For me it’s really hard to do one; it’s uninspired when I do. It’s like Steven Johnson in his book Where Good Ideas Come From. He talks about the adjacent possible and spontaneity. If you put people who have nothing to do with one another in the same space it gives you the adjacent possible. Put disparate ideas that have nothing to do with one another next to each other, they create another new idea. If you put a scientist and a designer in the same room, even by accident, it creates potentially a new conversation that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. That’s how I think these projects benefit one another.
“There was always a desire to have my own financially sustaining project, since a very young age. I’m talking middle school young. I never wanted to work for someone else and no one was doing the exact mix of what I wanted to do. I’m not particularly good at doing what people tell me to do and I really love figuring things out on my own. This all attributed to me starting up Makr. When I started I had absolutely no idea what I was doing so an evolution had to happen for the project to sustain.”—Grain & Gram — The New Gentleman’s Journal / Jason Gregory, Designer