Introduction

  • Syllabus & Expectations
  • Backgrounds & Interests

FRAMES

 

“Conceptual focus rather than material limits define the system. Thus any situation, either in or outside the context of art, may be designed and judged as a system. Inasmuch as a system may contain people, ideas, messages, atmospheric conditions, power sources, and so on, a system is a “complex of components in interaction,” comprised of material, energy, and information in various degrees of organization. In evaluating systems the artist is a perspectivist considering goals, boundaries, structure, input, output, and related activity inside and outside the system. Where the object almost always has a fixed shape and boundaries, the consistency of a system may be altered in time and space, its behavior determined both by external conditions and its mechanisms of control.”

~ Jack Burnham, Systems Aesthetics (1968)

 

“Play is a flow state, where we reach an optimal balance of opportunity and challenge such that we can be immersed in the matter at hand, somehow set apart from ‘normal’ life.”