The Act Of Seeking Is Important: Artists, Whales, and a Sea Sponge

Look at the difference between a baleen whale vs. a sea sponge. Both can commonly be understood as “filter feeders”. However the difference between the two is active vs. passive filtering.

Repository: Fiske Icelandic Collection, Rare & Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library

Búðir (Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla, Iceland : Farmstead)

When I say artists make decisions, they are whales, actively seeking nourishing content following instincts, and making decisions through experience and technique.

Artists and whales sift and process…having the sense and experience to follow others, to collaborate when appropriate, to capture sustenance together. Other times they seek a solo journey of thousands of miles…alone.

The pod, the nurturing behavior, and the desire to migrate are not mutually exclusive.

Meanwhile the sea sponge just spends the day eating what passes by in a static community. It is rooted to a rock and passively consumes anything that floats through. It is forced to accept what it is provided.

Active vs. passive: interactive vs. transmissive : hypertext vs. broadcast: The act of seeking is important.

…and artists are still Apex-Apex Predators culling their own ideas.

Maya And The Golden Hind Of Artemis

Near the region Udine lived a beautiful deer, sacred to Artemis…

Cerva di Cerinea by Maya Rota Klein

Cerva di Cerinea by Maya Rota Klein

Maya’s hair was red, horns were wooden with gold, and her hoofs of bronze (or silver, according to others). She fled, traveling the world without stopping, delighting those who pursued her. Pete considered dragging her into the beaches and mountains of California, from which She would never return.

Yellow flowers looking off into Carpenteria mountains

Yellow flowers looking off into Carpenteria mountains

Pete could not possibly hurt Maya the deer because she is sacred, the hero is merely chasing The Hind of Artemis. The frantic race lasted over a year, and Pete was defeated in every attempt to reach Maya. The only choice was slightly stun the nimble deer with a dart, and carry her on his shoulders to bring her home…

Maya And The Golden Hind Of Artemis I

Maya And The Golden Hind Of Artemis I by Pete Ippel

He shot for the sky…


Pete_Ipp.jpg, originally uploaded by hypermodern.

I found this sticker on a light post on the southeast corner of Presidio and Sacramento.