How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum

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Penguin, 2008 - Self-Help - 204 pages
From the author of Wreck This Journal, an interactive guide for exploring and documenting the art and science of everyday life.

Artists and scientists analyze the world around them in surprisingly similar ways, by observing, collecting, documenting, analyzing, and comparing. In this captivating guided journal, readers are encouraged to explore their world as both artists and scientists.

The mission Smith proposes? ?To document and observe the world around you. As if you?ve never seen it before. Take notes. Collect things you find on your travels. Document findings. Notice patterns. Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to.?

With a series of interactive prompts and a beautifully hand-illustrated two-color package, readers will enjoy exploring and discovering the world through this gorgeous book.

 

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User Review  - PlanCultivateCreate - LibraryThing

A wonderful book of ideas to explore the new and the everyday. Aimed at a general audience, the ideas can easily be experienced by adults and children. A timely read particularly before a vacation or even a staycation. Read full review

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User Review  - hopeevey - LibraryThing

Delightful collection of exercises/explorations! Certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but lovely for anyone looking for inspiration or a new artistic perspective. Read full review

Contents

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
2
RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE SIFTING
28
EXPERIENCE COLLECTION
31
LIGHT
32
DAILY WALK
35
THE FIRST THING YOU SEE
37
ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG 90
41
WORLD OF COLOR 92
43
ARRANGEMENTS
95
INTERESTING GARBAGE
97
INVISIBLE CITY
99
THE TRUTH ABOUT INANIMATE OBJECTS
101
TIME OBSERVATION
103
GROCERY SHOPPING WITH JOHN CAGE
105
FOOD AS ART
107
ALTERED STATES
108

CRACKS
44
CASE OF CURIOSITIES 96
47
ONE THING
48
DIFFERENCES
51
FIFTY THINGS
52
COLLECTING TYPE
55
SOUND MAP
57
CONSUMER
59
SURVEY
60
INSTANT SCULPTURE
63
STRUCTURE
65
FOUNDPAINT
67
SMALL THOUGHTS
69
YOUR FAVORITE STREET
70
PEOPLE WATCHING
73
HOW TO UNCOVER A MYSTERY
75
COMBINATIONS
77
WATER
79
BECOMING LEONARD COHEN
80
ACCIDENTAL ART
83
BLIND OBSERVATION
85
TACTILE BOARDS
87
TRAVEL HISTORY
88
FOUND SOUNDS
91
WORLD OF MAGIC
93
FOUND FACES
111
LOCAL LORE
113
FOUND PAPER
115
LIBRARY EXPLORATION
117
SELFETHNOGRAPHY
119
FOUND PATTERNS
121
THE SHAPES OF STAINS AND SPLOTCHES
123
FINDER EXPLORATION
125
FOUND WORDS
127
FOUND SMELLS
129
NONLINEAR LIFE
131
MINIATURE ECOSYSTEM
135
FOUND WRITING UTENSILS
137
THE LANGUAGE OF TREES
139
WAYS TO TRANS FORM AN EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE
140
HOW TO INCORPORATE INDETERMINACY
143
THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS
144
SCAVENGER HUNT COLLECTION
147
HOW TO WANDER AIMLESSLY
149
FIELD WORK
150
SETTING UP A SHOWING
192
GLOSSARY
198
BIBLIOGRAPHY
200
THANKYOUS
204
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About the author (2008)

Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books demonstrate a 'learn by doing approach', and are being used in school curriculums all over the world as a way of fostering non-traditional methods of exploration. She also teaches and conducts workshops based on her non-traditional techniques across North America. Her books include: Wreck This Journal, How to Be an Explorer of the World, This is Not a Book, Mess - A Manual of Accidents and Mistakes, Finish This Book, and Pocket Scavenger. She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children Tilden and Ida.

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