Commonplace Capers, No. 03

Reflections on the Art of Blogging

Three goals I have set out for my practice and hopefully your experience of Krater Café are now starting to come into focus.

Goal #1: Find a rhythm with posting that aligns with the regularity we all need to establish in order to feed ourselves, akin to the preparation of meals, recognizing that creativity, both in the making and the consumption, is a form of nourishment.

Goal #2: Approach the blog post as a primary art form. A blogger that uses poetry, digital imagery, video, audio, metadata, etc., instead of a poet or photographer that blogs. Let me quickly say, I love the work of poets and writers and photographers that blog, but I think of this perspective as akin to the admission of new sports into the Olympics (Have you heard the news, break dancing will be awarded a gold medal soon!).

Goal #3: Create a platform where repeat visitors return often because they enjoy what is being served, and, over time, build out a community that can undertake joint ventures to extend and support blogging as a primary art form.

I look forward to, and encourage you to share your thoughts on these matters.

(Postscript: blogs will always function in more ways than just a primary art form, but here I am simply making a claim that they can be viewed as such.)

The Amplification Effect, No. 9

An invitation for artists and writers, creators of any medium, to participate in a group exercise.

A group exercise performed in the comments.

A symbol is provided, and participants are asked to share at least twice to generate an amplification of that symbol.

Amplification is a kind of “natural thinking,” proceeding by way of analogy, parallel and imaginative elaboration. In this sense, it may also be seen as a depth psychological approach to scholarship based on what is claimed to be the natural functioning of the mind, which is not linear and orderly.

The Process

1. Participants self-select.

2. Responses are placed in the comments to this post.

3. Each participant replies with an amplification of the symbol.

4. Each participant replies with an association to another participant’s amplification.

5. Participants are encouraged to repeat steps 3 and 4 as often as they wish.

6. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the group results of the exercise to provide an impetus for future creative work.

Postscript: Consider linking back to this post with any work this exercise generates. Links from this post to any work generated will be shared below.

(For further information, as well as an example of a completed group response mind map, see the inaugural Amplification Effect)

Week #9 Amplification Effect Symbol:

A posted/no trespassing sign.

Join us in the comments below!

Group Response Mind Map (updated throughout the exercise):

Links to Works Generated: