things that you can’t declare

this notion seems important to me in identifying those things we put in a painting or make visible thro making a piece of art.

the words are those of

David Linden, PhD – Neurobiologist, Author of The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning and Gambling Feel So Good, and professor at Johns Hopkins.


he is talking about memory in a podcast episode 112 of smart people podcast.  he describes memory:he says memory is not a unitary system: you have a memory system for facts and a whole other system for ‘things that you can’t declare – e.g. associations /motor learning

these are stored in different ways:

facts and events are stored as in the hippocampus then exported to the neocortex

other things are eventually stored in the same area of the brain that were used when originally experiencing it  (check this!!)

this seems to me to be an important insight into what we do when we make art and what we do when we view art

needs like so so much else to be explored in





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