Monday, 9 August 2010

Jim Jarmusch: Nothing is Original. Steal from Anywhere

The quotation below "speaks directly to my soul", and so I stole it, as suggested, from Not Just the Minutiae.

It is a remark by the wonderful, totally original and dramatically silver-haired film-maker, Jim Jarmusch

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. 

Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to”.” 

I hope you like it as much as I do.

And this related video is really very nice too.  


Way back in October I discovered the possibility for my interaction with the internets (I KNOW, but better late than never), and I naively wrote this little number - How Pumped Am I about 2.0!  

It was exactly the potential for all this thievery that I was excited about, but did not yet have the words to describe *smiles fondly at such childishness (not yet fully outgrown)*.

If you like this post, you may also like another little piece of theft:  The Gift

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