A doctor, artist, a self-described, “standup (h)ac(k)ademic”, and entrepreneur, our next speaker will leave us questioning our relationship to newness and innovation. Check out this preso by Dr. Emily Lutzker.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather a scornful tone, <br />“it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”<br />
innovaton (noun /i-nə-ˈvā-shən/)<br />1) the introduction of something new<br />2) a new idea, method, or device<br />
new (adj./nü/)<br />1) having recently come into existence :recent, modern <br />2) having been seen, used, or known for a short time : novel <rice was a new crop for the area> (2):unfamiliar <visit new places> b: being other than the former or old <a steady flow of new money> <br />3) having been in a relationship or condition but a short time <new to the job> <a new wife> <br />4) beginning as the resumption or repetition of a previous act or thing <a new day> <the new edition> b: made or become fresh <awoke a new person> c: relating to or being a new moon <br />5) different from one of the same category that has existed previously <new realism> <br />6) of dissimilar origin and usually of superior quality <a new strain of hybrid corn> <br />7) capitalized: modern 3; especially: having been in use after medieval times <br />
“One way to cope with the provocations of novel art is to rest firm and maintain solid standards. The standards are set by the critic's long-practiced taste and by his conviction that only thoseinnovations will be significant which promote the established direction of advanced art. All else is irrelevant. Judged for "quality" and for an "advancedness" measurableby given criteria, each work is then graded on acomparative scale.”<br />
“A second way is more yielding. The critic interested in a <br />novel manifestation holds his criteria and taste in reserve. Since they were formed upon yesterday's art, he does not assume that they are ready-made for today. While he seeks to comprehend the objectives behind the new art produced, nothing is a priori excluded or judged irrelevant. Since he is not passing out grades, he<br />suspends judgment until the work's intention has come into focusand his response to it is - in the literal sense of the word - sym-pathetic; not necessarily to approve, butto feel along with it as with a thing that is like no other.”<br />