I understand why Andrew stated that this is one of his favorite books. Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees is a fascinating look into Robert Irwin's perspective of his own art and the process of Irwin's own evolution. It is inspiring to see someone with such an innate understanding of what he wishes to achieve, yet simultaneously having to solve problems within an unknown territory. After reading this, it has made me more aware of what I need to be focusing on when tackling my projects. I often find myself struggling to find the perfect solution or vision of my projects. Irwin has spent years transcending his work through stages of different dimensions and form. Perhaps I need to start thinking less about the final versions of each individual project, and focus more on whether or not the current version of my work fits as an ascending step to what I want to achieve.
I personally understood the comparison of that feeling of something "right" and the trial and error process of a science experiment. I enjoy editing videos, so that feeling is something I encounter all the time when searching for the perfect timing of when to end a video clip. I've always described the feeling as some sort of innate logic. His collaboration with scientists also touched me because it totally encapsulates what it's like to study and work at ITP. As someone with a technical background, I find that working in groups with others of different backgrounds an incredible experience. Although we have the same problem to solve, we are able to view and tackle these challenges from all angles.