Art or business?

Jill Magid, the artist, reframing a situation:

In 2002, as an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie, in Amsterdam, Magid began noticing the large number of surveillance cameras in the city—anonymous gray boxes, mounted on everything from the corners of buildings to coffee-shop awnings. One February morning, she went to the police headquarters and explained that she was an artist interested in decorating the municipal cameras with rhinestones. She was directed to the appropriate police administrators, who told her that they did not work with artists. She thanked them and left. A few weeks later, Magid returned, armed with business cards and a corporate-speak sales pitch, presenting herself as the Head Security Ornamentation Professional at System Azure, a company that she had made up. The police not only allowed her to bedazzle the cameras but even paid her a couple of thousand dollars. “I realized that they could not hear me when I spoke as an artist,” Magid later said. “This had nothing to do with what I proposed but with who I was.”

Source: The New Yorker

New Year’s Resolutions: 2015

So another year is upon us. Here’s my resolutions for 2015:

Guideline: play more

The biologist Marc Beckoff once said “Play is training for the unexpected”. Life is full of unexpected things and I feel like I need more play in my life. There was a great PechaKucha 20×20 talk about this recently The Importance of Play that’s worth a watch. I plan to be more playful in my day-to-day at work, with my friends, family, and whenever I can. This might lead me back to some things I used to associate with play like making music, or something else surprising.

Lifestyle change: run regularly

The last few years I’ve run a lot, but not regularly. This year I plan to change that and get in at least 30km per week on road, trails (or as a last resort on a treadmill at the gym). I love running but I’m not going to keep improving without regularly doing it. (Note: I do workout every day over lunch at the gym doing strength training)

Achievable milestone: run over 1500km and finish 5Peaks Seymour

I’m doing two here and one sort of ties into my lifestyle change. A measure of my “run regularly” will be my weekly mileage. 30km per week comes out to 1560km and that I can track with Strava. I’m also doing a bigger trail race this fall — 5Peaks Seymour — on the 12km Enduro course that I want to be successful in finishing.