Reading Ben Greenman’s article “The Knowledge Constrictor” from 19 September 2010’s New York Times Magazine:

“By supplying answers to questions with such ruthless efficiency, the Internet cuts off the supply of an even more valuable commodity: productive frustration. Education, at least as I remember it, isn’t only, or even primarily, about creating children [people] who are proficient with information. It’s about filling them with questions that ripen, via deferral, into genuine interests.”

This is the privilege or luxury of curating, that it functions, in part, as a framework for moving through hypotheses that cannot be reduced to search terms. Both the speaking difference and textual cinema undertakings are intimate curiosities for me. Though I don’t advocate extrapolating from a project (artwork or exhibition) back to the character of its maker, I think it is legitimate to assume, as Greenman suggests, genuine interest.


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