‘experimenting with your own life is the most fundamental medium we have’

Experimenting with your own life

We found this wonderful quote in a New York Times Magazine piece about Natalie Jeremijenko, an artist with degrees in biochemistry, physics, computer science and electrical engineering, whose latest work  involves designing interfaces that “will facilitate interactions between humans and nonhumans”, lately fish.

Jeremijenko pretty much nailed it: our lives ARE the fundamental medium we have to work with, and experimenting with possibilities is an exciting and fulfilling practice.

Although we know many people who have made radical shifts in their lives, and have taken some mighty risks to boot, we think the experimenting can take place in small ways as well.

This weekend we challenged ourself to try designing something in Photoshop, even though we are not officially “designers” and have only rudimentary knowledge of the program. Why not see what we could do? We monkeyed about for hours, trying things, divining our way, trial-and-error after trial-and-error, experimenting to see what would work…until we were slowly able to implement some of the design we had in our head. We learned a lot!

Related posts: muhammad ali: ‘the rent we pay for our room on earth’
the origins of ‘random kindness and senselss acts of beauty’
the virtues of doubt (paul zelevansky)
jack kerouac’s crazy-wise advice + that improv scroll
practicing yes

One Response to ‘experimenting with your own life is the most fundamental medium we have’

  1. Samuel P. Marchbanks, LLD 07.01.2013 at 9:42am #

    Scram! Gravy ain’t wavy!

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