First Word, Last Word

The concept of “First Word, Last Word” refers to the ability of a work to remain fresh, astounding or impressive to the audience. The Gartner Hype Cycle graphs out this phenomenon through a series of points representing the popularity or usefulness of certain utilities and ideas. The “first word arts” exist as yellow arrows, climbing up the Technology Trigger and heading close to the Peak of Inflated Expectations. They represent new ideas, impressive and innovative displays that have not yet become the popular, hot, mainstream news. The area of the curve between the Peak of Inflated Expectations  and the Trough of Disillusionment embodies the “last word arts”. Only works that remain steadily between these two areas have not fallen into the category of disinterest or the expectation of norm. Yet these works are well known and remain talked about amongst the people. My interests exist somewhere between the Innovation Trigger and the Peak of Inflated Expectations. I wish to create works with found technology but present it in a new way. Instead of working near the Peak of Inflated Expectations where there already exist works I must compare with for ideas, I want to create something new. I think Schulze enjoys working in the “Trough of Disillusionment” because there is something magical about the forgotten common items. They may be found everywhere and blended in with their surroundings, but it does not make them any less curious.

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