Reflecting on my year in space last year and my theme of ideas for the new year.
For a few years now, inspired by Kath Murdoch, I have been choosing a word to focus on each year. Last year I made a change, where rather than thinking about outcomes, I instead turned to inquiry.
Inspired by a few reflections, I wondered if maybe I was approaching it all the wrong way? Rather than having something with explicit or implied outcomes, maybe I needed a new approach, one focused on an open-ended concept? Although Kath Murdoch talks about nudging you along a path, maybe the nudge that matters most is an inquiring mind?
This is something that CGP Grey touches upon with the idea of a yearly theme that is ‘broad, directional and resonant’. Although this focus may not have a direct impact on my work and relationships, for me it helps keep me focused when life becomes so busy. Last year I explored space. After my focus on flânerie, I had wondered about the space that helps make such practices possible. I had a heap of books I intended to jump into, such as The Production of Space and Assemblage Theory. However, then the COVID-19 hit and ironically changed the space. Instead, my collected reflections seemed to became about online learning, remote work and social distancing. Still thinking about some of these things, I felt that an interesting theme to dwell on was the notion of ideas. Here then are some of my initial thoughts:
- History of ideas: How are ideas developed over time?
- Ideas in space and time: What is the impact of context on ideas?
- Bad ideas, good ideas and the way ideas produce other ideas: What is the difference between good and bad?
- Musical ideas: What does it mean to have an original idea in music?
- Assemblages and ideas: What is an idea and how does this differ from an assemblage?
- Creating the space for ideas to fester: What are the conditions required for ideas to prosper?
- Ideas and manifestos: What is the difference between an idea and an ideal?
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