January 29th, 2007

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Yesterday I visited the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City today with some friends. I had never heard about it prior to this afternoon, and basically went there on a 2nd-hand tip from my friend Chris’s professor at CalArts. “He said it was pretty cool and weird” said Chris – so off we went.

First of all, I was baffled by the title. Jurassic Technology? I had never imagined the two words in the same sentence..but..Nevermind that.. We just went, opened thee door, and now, well…

The museum describes itself as a “specialized repository of relics and artifacts from the Lower Jurassic, with an emphasis on those that demonstrate unusual or curious technological qualities”. But what it really is is a bit more eye-opening.
The experience cuts directly to the heart of what it is that motivates my art on the most basic and fundamental level, and really made me re-think my approach to my own work. The curators at MJT have followed through entirely on an idea that very few people deliberately elaborate on effectively – including myself.

I can’t say enough about it.. I won’t say anything more about it here, except for;

1. Please Go See it
and

2. When you go, prepare yourself for a little mental wriggling.

Confusion can be a very creative state of mind; in fact, confusion can act as a vehicle to open people’s minds. The hard shell of certainty can be shattered…” — David Wilson in an interview with author Lawrence Weschler, originally aired on NPR, October 27, 2001.


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