I don’t know if you have seen any of the TED talks, but by and large they are brilliant. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and these conferences where the innovators meet and lecture symposium style for 15-18 minutes, with the focus on ideas worth spreading. There are a surprising number of them featuring lectures by artists about their work, or their conceptual experiments.
Last weekend when I was steeped in deadlines I watched a bunch of TED talks, and got really inspired by a few of them, and want to spend some time this week spotlighting some of the talks that all artists, or people who are interested in art should watch.
The first TED talk I wanted to show was the lecture by Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for The New Yorker. His lecture is on the anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon, and why some cartoons play to the readership of The New Yorker, while most don’t. If you ever wondered how many cartoons get rejected each week, and don’t make it to print, it’s staggering. A must watch for any cartoonist.
Written by Cojo “Art Juggernaut”