The greatest achievements of the intellect and imagination depend on our ability of mustering undivided attention. Yet, the way our workflows are usually structured tend to resemble an industrial factory line, rather than the atmosphere of a creative studio. We deal with whatever comes our way, as fast as possible. Then, we switch to the next task in line. From the attention management and neuroscience perspectives, what might seem like an orderly process can turn in fact extremely wasteful: ‘Instead of your brain spending maximal time and energy working for you, you force it to spend a lot of time and energy getting in and out of tasks’, notes Theo Compernolle (2014).
And how do we get used to work in such a wasteful way in the first place? Well… think of this: Monday, Math 45 minutes, History 45 minutes, French 45 minutes, Chemistry 45 minutes,… and so it goes.
What if one could dive into all that Math for a few weeks, get a bit obsessed with it, start having mathematical dreams even, and then emerge from it to dive for a month into Shakespeare, or French? What if we could intensely interact with our peers for a few days, morning-till-evening, and then go home to spend the whole week on writing an essay?
Could the school habituate young people to the mental and emotional discipline of the high-quality, high-intensity creative workflows of the post-industrial world?
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Thursday, October 7, 2021, 5-7pm CET on Zoom
A ‘Pearl Divers’ seminar co-organised by CLEA VUB and Buckminster College.
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