Working Notes of a Practising Neo-Generalist (#24) — On ‘first loves’ and curiosity

Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing (2013) — Curated by Brian Dillon in association with Cabinet magazine, the exhibition ‘Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing’ is an exploration of the ambiguous history and present meaning of wonder, attention, and the urge to know. It shuttles engagingly between rigor and intuition, and asks us to focus on objects, images, and ideas at vastly different scales: from the microscopic through the bodily to the cosmic and infinite. (Photograph courtesy of Turner Contemporary)

On ‘first loves’ and curiosity

In her essay First Love (available in Dutch only), the philosopher Stine Jensen writes about first time experiences and how they appeal to all our senses. Whether literally our first love or the first time we come face to face with the Mona Lisa, these experiences are often defining moments in our lives. They kindle our curiosity, can give us a sense of purpose and may even lead us into entirely new directions.

“David Bowie in 1999. In music, theatre, film, and video, Bowie was always ahead of whatever came next. A true and generous visionary, he invited to the dance people who never felt welcomed there before, and he left life as elegantly as he had filled it.” — Irving Penn in The New Yorker. (Photograph by Irving Penn; “David Bowie (D), New York, 1999”/© the Irving Penn Foundation)

“What I have is a malevolent curiosity. That’s what drives my need to write and what probably leads me to look at things a little askew. I do tend to take a different perspective from most people.” — David Bowie

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