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Important for Artists
on January 13, 2011
As a long-time fan of Tony Hiss, I have often related to his insights. Here is what I rely upon when I read his writing: 1) Hiss identifies an important concept (e.g. Simultaneous Perception in his book "The Experience of Place," and now Deep Travel in "In Motion") 2) He supports the concept with personal experience as well as historic or other published works, so that you, as a reader, can continue that journey and 3) He builds upon each idea, so that the concept becomes increasingly relevant to contemporary life.
With "Deep Travel," Hiss encourages readers to see what is innate in each of us: the ability (and joy) of being highly aware of where we are, whether it is a trip far from home, or a walk in our own neighborhood. We all read books through our own individual filters; mine is the filter of creativity. The more I read about Deep Travel, the more I realize that it is exactly what feeds me as an artist.
For many people in creative fields-- writers, choreographers, photographers, musicians --a huge part of making art consists of observation feeding discovery, and vice versa. And it is not just the initial stages: observation and discovery is an ongoing duet throughout the creative process. "In Motion" takes the reader through many examples where an act of observation leads to the excitement of discovery, which, in turn, leads to more observation.
This is just one of the ways that "In Motion" feeds and encourages creativity. While it is categorized as a travel book, I would also place a copy in many more aisles (physical and virtual) of the bookstore, from Art to Philosophy to Urban Planning.