March 8th, 2016


“I’m a pianist. I’m playing my last concert Thursday night. Then I’m taking a sabbatical. Some of my friends think I’m crazy to step away now, but I don’t want to become a two-hundred-concert-per-year performing machine. It requires too much efficiency. And the efficiency burns you out. There is a lot of pressure when you perform at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall. People pay for those tickets and you must respect your audience. If you’re piloting a Boeing 777 with four hundred people on board, you aren’t going to try new maneuvers. You aren’t going to have fun or experiment. You don’t have time to stay in your dreams or ideas. You need to step back from the public eye so you have space to grow. I won’t say that taking time off makes you a ‘better’ musician, because I don’t like the word ‘better.’ It sounds competitive. But it does make you less of an automaton and more human. It’s like exploring a new continent. Time off is a space where you allow things to happen other than the known.”

Изучаю понятие Игра и вот, наткнулась.

Говорят, это Piotr Anderszewski на фото :)

Я согласна с ним, что если внутри засилие долга, то для игры, импровизации, чистейшей радости бытия места остается все меньше. Ну и, наличие Другого и, как следствие, соревновательность, часто отдаляет тебя от самого себя.
А одиночество, напротив, сближает тебя с самим собой.

KIDS PLAY. Martha Cooper.

Фотограф Martha Cooper.

This 6 minute documentary – originally produced for MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour in 1984 — features a photographic project by Martha Cooper who began driving around the Lower East Side as a photographer for the New York Post back in 1977. Her photographs reveal a neighborhood of stressed 6 story walk-ups, housing projects, boarded up buildings and vacant lots strewn with garbage. But that’s not the subject.

“I began concentrating on what kids were doing when adults weren’t around.” She discovered a complex and fanciful world of children’s play there.

“I began to see all these creative things that kids were doing in the streets and empty lots with minimal materials. They proved you didn’t need complicated playgrounds and a lot of expensive toys to have fun. The first toy that got me thinking was an airplane made from two pieces of found wood and a nail.”

Cooper documents handmade toys, “houses,” and all sorts of fun stuff. “I became interested in the fantasizing that kids do with minimal props and how they constructa life apart from adults. I was interested in this fantasy play rather than games with rules.”

Cheryl Dunn on Martha Cooper - New York Street Photography: