I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Saimir Strati, world record holder in building some of the lagest mosaics in the world (we are talking mosaics with 250 000 screws or hundred’s of thousands of toothpicks, or ten’s of thousands of sea shells etc.)
Saimir told me about “The Moment of Silence” that occurs just at that moment when he has put in the EXACT number of screws into a mosaic. When there should not be one more, and when there is no screw missing. When the artworks talks to him and tells him that he is done. Nothing more to add. Nothing more to edit.
We talk a lot about “The Eureka Moment” the moment when we HAVE an idea, but I am a firm believer that we should talk much more about The Factum Moment – the moment when you tell yourself “I am done”.
Being aware of the Factum Moment will make us more receptive for that fleeting moment when the moment of silence happens so that we do not miss it and keep messing around with a creative project that was already perfect.
What do you think about “The Factum Moment” as an idea? Can you relate?
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