I saw a couple of talks tonight, by Caitlin Morris and Zach Lieberman
. Both were really good.
Caitlin does those massive installations that have a hundred mechanical pieces. I have a bunch of thoughts about her talk, but it's simply reassuring to see that a nice, regular person makes those things.
Part of Zach's talk was about how he works. He does daily sketches — that is to say, procedural animations — and he is always iterating. I asked him what he does when it takes a really long time to get that first iteration going. His answer — and I hope I understood it accurately — is that he instead iterates on something that he can
iterate on in a reasonable amount of time, then sometimes he comes back to something he couldn't iterate on before and now can.
This has worked for me, too, and his framing is much better than mine. I used to think of this as revisiting unfinished stuff out of a sense of duty; never giving up on anything. That's a really "clenched jaw" way of thinking of things; choosing what to do by following affordances instead of forcing things is much more appealing.
I'm really glad I went. I was worn out by work and was a little worried about how Katt was holding up because the guy was a little tantrum-ish today. Turned out he was chill after I left. I'm often skeptical about inspirational stuff, but sometimes, you need that it. I needed to feel hope about making things.