Explode Every Day
An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder
Inspired by a quote from Ray Bradbury, “Explode Every Day” is a bold new exhibition harnessing the energy of wonder. This book features works touching on certain facets of wonder, including themes of the perceptual/visionary, technological/scientific, and time/cosmos. In compelling essays on the history of wonder and its intersection with myriad disciplines, including psychology, literature, and science, today’s great minds consider the many avenues for this phenomena. Interviews with the exhibition’s artists provide insight into individual processes of creativity and innovation. The result is an awe-inspiring exploration of the richness of wonder: from the every day to the ineffable.
DENISE MARKONISH is Curator at MASS MoCA. LAWRENCE WESCHLER is an author of creative nonfiction, a former staff writer at The New Yorker, and the Director Emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. SEAN FOLEY is an artist and a professor at College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. STEVEN HOLMES is a curator who oversees the Cartin Collection in Harford, Connecticut. KAY REDFIELD JAMISON is a clinical psychologist and the author of several books. MARIA POPOVA is a writer, critic, and blogger—she created BrainPickings.org. BARBARA MARIA STAFFORD, an art historian, is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago and the author of several books. JILL TARTER is an astronomer and the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute, Mountain View, California. ROBIN INCE is a comedian and co-host of BBC radio’s The Infinite Monkey Cage. STEFAN SAGMEISTER is a graphic designer and co-founder of Sagmeister & Walsh Inc. MARY RUEFLE is a Vermont-based poet. She has taught at Vermont College and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. SAM GREEN is a documentary filmmaker, best known for The Measure of All Things.