Victor Frankle on Responsibility

Excerpt: Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankle, Victor : Rider Books ISBN: 184413239-0

Page 134.

‘Freedom, however, is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast’.


Freedom cannot be bought, nor successfully sought, and found, as a singular option. Freedom exists only via it’s counter part/s of which among responsibility, there a many.

Consider, the relevance of this philosophical excerpt, versus, the megalithic type monument that is ‘generally speaking’ fine arts based academia, and the equally prehistoric in nature, world of advertising, inextricably linked, to commercial art and design culture.

Add salt for effect… Herein lies a catalyst.

“Sed omnia praeclara tam difficilia quam rara sunt” Ethics of Spinoza.
Victor Frankle: Man’s Search for Meaning.pg154

Contemplating the above quote, surely this depends firstly upon where one is
looking, and secondly, what may be obscuring a clear vision?

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Art/ Design, As a Life Line

Article’s relevant to The Art of Utopia Practice and Philosophy.

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Reasoning’s behind Reason’s from Experience.

Is there a radical difference between art, life, creativity, thought, perception, conversation, design?

It is said, we are what we eat. Then so too, we are what we think. It would seem, it is seldom said however, that we are what we speak. Further more, it can be said, we become what we imagine ourselves to be.


So then WHY do such topics interest me? How do such matters relate within design? Why, do I spend time researching such matters. Well it’s a passion, in short. Arguably, a necessity within the realms of academia, with a use within contemporary social spheres.


In design, initially perceived negatives can be transformed into positives, that which is beautiful, etc.  EXAMPLE:

Design processes can highlight the possibility of neutralisation of emotional response and association. So then is it agreeable, such processes can also serve to highlight the ‘mere delusion’ of good, and bad?

Enhancing such realisations via design/ craft, one can utilise such therapeutic excersises and extend them out into social spheres and experiences. As William Morris championed, where care is taken over crafting, it is in turn possible for the craft practitioner to extend that sense of care out into the community, via product of self action.

It would seem, there may only be superficial differences between art, life, creativity, thought, perception, conversation and design. Yet I am currently querying, all are actually indistinguishable from one another?

In the Arts, it is said, that truth is beauty.

In Life is it true that death is generally not so?

In Conversation is it accurate to say that the truth can hurt?

In Perception can it be said, that this is down to our believing/ creating the belief, that it can?

In Designing (our own Thoughts) is it acceptable that we have a choice in such matters?

In Creativity, and Life itself, is it possible we can invent our way to certain immunity of negative impact?

Briefly highlighting all of the above, consider once again, there ‘is’ quite possibly, and ultimately, ‘no’ difference in art, life, creativity, thought, perception, conversation or design…








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The Art of Serendipity

Bearing much resemblance to The Art of Utopia philosophy, methodology.

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Reasons from experience cont…

I present you with the idea of a triangle, a three-way concept. Myself, The Other (person/ mirror), The Output (experience/ conversation, etc). What is my point? Let me try to explain;

I take a life communicative experience between to parties which is heading toward the negative (two people) (one conversation). I apply the very same care and attention to that conversation as I would any creative output or design. After all, its outcome, will always be of my making, but it’s the ‘how’ in the ‘make’ I am pinpointing here.

Let me now cut to the chase by way of visual example’s in design as I switch back over into visual life reference.

Below you will see visual references of ‘word extractions’ from such said conversations. I have made a point to utilize singular ‘negative words’, used by the ‘Other’, of which were creatively re-routed back to the ‘Other’ by myself, with kindness and discreetly suggestive inspiration to alternative, more positive forms of communication. A simple, yet skillful process of avoiding the finite, and allowing for the infinite. Merely a process of inquiry, rather than directing a single point of view monologue, thus creating a climate conducive to growth/ conversation. The same processes can be instigated where design is concerned… and it is very much about the ‘conversation’ between designer and medium that is of vital importance to the success of the outcomes. We either behold the flower and allow it to grow and re-seed, or we pick it from its place, and displace it in natural time, unto death.

Now to pinpointing the same triangle I mentioned earlier, however on this occasion the ‘Output’ of the triangle has been transformed into a visual format, in the hope this concept may become much more transparent, for the very essence of what it actually is. In simple terms, my aims here are to visually reference a certain psychological transactional analysis.

You are welcome to study the drawings below, and to understand therein lies a negative word, that could, have had negative impact, and never have reached the creative format you either see below you or are reading currently. Instead what you see before you, I surmise, is a neutralization of negativity, a transformation into the positive even. This of course is subjective, but as I say, you are welcome to contemplate this concept, and even apply it to your own life, (via fun little ‘diary type doodles’ for example) and you may see that where there is growth, there is no place for death.

Please bear in mind these are rapid prototype concepts presented as raw unprocessed images. The essence of the concept and the inscriptions is of importance here only, not the finish of the imagery.


I hope you may enjoy this process, and find it most useful and empowering as I do. I think, if we can visualise success, then we can achieve it.

Bear in mind, what might be the potential to come of these works?……….


Study each drawing, what do you see, feel?

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Reasons from experience..

Bearing in mind previous posts based on the theme of products of experience and thought, we will now filter through back into life experiences…

For my last blog of 2015 let me try to demonstrate a particular muting of existence, via thought, via design.

How can one level their own experiences to neutral, middled, open. How can one take potentially harmful experiences and re orient them toward fruition.

Love, of course. Tact, compassion, patience, kindness, etc.. Design?

As with conversations, communications, we can, if we chose, filter in an open and loving playfulness whereby we allow ‘the other’ to mirror to better effect, the love we are expressing. Should we be impatient, blunt, harsh or cruel, chances are, communication may cease, at best, or at worst, digress into the barbaric and mindless. (Refer back to previous post regards the death of creativity via want and need for control, or indeed, deluded notions of perfection)

Detachment, and selflessness are key proponents in the success of fluidity of truth…

Moving over to the 016, we shall continue… HNY!


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Products of Experience, Products of Thought. The translation of navigations… phase 2

The transformative process of both individual works well under way at this stage. The delicate process of allowing total spontaneity over the need to control can be a damning one. The moment conscious consideration is exercised can be the moment the creative process shifts down a gear. Ultimately as the work is intentionally brought to a conclusion initial streams of fluidity can be lost. The purity of the work can become contrived within this process, indeed the ‘life’ of the work begins to die. To surmise, the creative process is a fleeting one, the moment attempts to encapsulate the work in time are carried out is the moment the work is effectively entombed. The work ceases to interrelate to the practitioner, it ceases to speak fluidly as the practitioner acknowledges its closure in the form of a ‘product’.

It is this very element of the creative process the practitioner aught be skilful in negotiating. When do we stop, when is a work finished, when do we continue to raise the work from this dying process. Indeed, is this dying process the very essence of the creative act. Aught we develop the skill in acknowledging this dying process and utilising it as mirror for advancement, to enable relinquishment of control. How do we best break free of the concern for ‘end results’ in order to embrace the infinitesimal degree to which we could continue the work without concern for conclusion. It would seem to me the very notion of bringing a work of art to a conclusion is paradoxical to the very nature of the true creative act. Is our need for creative attainment actually a dangerous one and how best do we overcome this while remaining motivated.

Fear and ego alone stand in our way in this sense. Embracing chaos and death is our greatest ally in a purer artistic pursuit and a greater understanding of self… The very part of the creative process we aught attain to.DSC00360 DSC00361 DSC00362

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