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Stephen Nachmanovitch on creativity, bricolage

Posted by rigorousm on November 5, 2014

There is a French word, bricolage, which means making do with the material at hand: a bricoleur is a kind of jack-of-all-trades or handyman who can fix anything. … The bricoleur is an artist of limits.

… Dreams and myths work in the same way; in dream-time we take whateer happened that day, bits and pieces of material and events, and transform them into the deep symbolism of our own personal mythology.

… As in the greatest form of magic, organic growth and evolution, the output is greater than the input. There is a net gain of information, complexity, and richness. Bricolage implies what mathematicians like to call “elegance,” that is, such economy of statement that a single line of thought has a great many implications and outcomes.

— Stephen Nachmanovitch, “The Power of Limits,” Free Play, p 86.


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