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The only antidote to destruction is creation. The game we are now playing is for keeps; this is an age that may see us either go down the drain or create a whole new civilization. Precisely because the standing of posterity is so tenuous, art is now more relevant than it has ever been. And again, I mean not just art but artfulness, playfulness, seriousness, connectedness, structure, wholeness. And heart.

So the issues raised in this book also point toward some activity beyond individual creativity, beyond art. Let us call it the Imaginary Liberation Front. Not art for art’s sake, but art for life’s sake.

From Free Play by Stephen Nachmanovitch. What a book! I finished reading it today and can highly recommend it to anyone, whether you think of yourself as an artist or not. I picked a lot of quotes to show you, but the book has to be experienced as a whole. Go get it!


  1. Carol

    That quote sold me completely.
    I’ve been considering it, but now i’ve one clicked it. Looking forward to it. Thanks.


    What is the purpose of art then, to teach or to show? To teach a general idea of social behavior in civilization or to show an individual’s sense of life of what life should be?
    Is it in this point that an individual creation may reach the universal? Or is there anything that can be called a collective art creation?


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