Friday, March 25, 2011

Free Play

I've read a few books over the years on creativity and the creative process.  I'm especially liking the one i'm currently reading so i'm going to give it a little 'plug'.  It's called, Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art by Stephen Nachmanovitch.
 I'm currently reading the chapter on 'practice' and i love this thought...

" Technique can bridge this gap. (he had just been talking about the gap between what we feel and what we can express)  It also can widen it.  When we see technique or skill as a 'something' to be attained, we again fall into the dichotomy between 'practice' and 'perfect', which leads us into any number of vicious circles.  If we improvise with an instrument, tool, or idea that we know well, we have the solid technique for expressing ourselves.  But the technique can get too solid - we can become so used to knowing how it should be done that we become distanced from the freshness of today's situation.  This is the danger that inheres in the very competence that we acquire in practice.  Competence that loses a sense of its roots in the playful spirit becomes ensconced in rigid forms of professionalism."

 Hmmm...let me read that again...

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