Most forms of creativity have real or imagined boundaries, be they the size of a piece of paper, the length of a film or tape, or other limitations of medium, or imagined, like the twelve-note equal-tempered scale. We now have several ways to work around or without such limitations.

Despite that, however, these limitations make our art easier to understand. A film that is fiction but tells no clear story is either considered avant garde or downright boring, music beyond the chromatic scale is called “difficult” and otherwise is not for everyone, leading to artificial rules that may or may not be understood.

If it is recognized that the boundary is artificial, is it wrong to want to do without it? Is there a measured minority of people that prefer to work without boundaries, and is it better for these sorts of people to force boundaries on themselves anyway?

See you next time.


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