I just wanted to show off how proud I am of my friend Lisa, who made an amazing thing that I can’t really describe. I will steal her description:
Watson is a light box with two perceivable surfaces. While the first
surface is purely luminous, the second surface is one of opacity and
ornament, visible only by peering through a polarized loupe. The
ornamental elements are designed so that different patterns emerge from
their intentional rearrangement. In this way, those “peering” share a
dynamic experience that is invisible to the rest of the visitors, who
can, however, be brought into the interaction by peering themselves.
I’ve been thinking about the need to specialize, vs. pursuing everything you’re interested in. I’ve been thinking about this because I’ve willfully abandoned some of my pet interests: Ableton Live, Max/MSP, photography, funerals. Lisa has a specialty, but she has also done photography, installations, music and film, and her degree is in architecture. I guess the difference is that I’ve always felt like a dabbler (Even as a writer, though that’s mostly self-doubt. I think.), while her work has always been good and real, though ‘real’ isn’t the right word. What I mean is it conveys the seriousness of the person making it in an intimidating way, even though, I’m happy to say, Lisa herself is nice, funny, and pretty non-threatening.