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AI: Ignite Inquiry

Ignite is something of a performance art phenomenon. I was introduced to it as a sort of Tiny Ted Talk or a show and tell for grownups.  The idea is simple. You have five minute, twenty slides. They advance automatically every 15 seconds. Go!

It’s a community building event, at least around here. With topics ranging from Scrabble and Comics, to speculation on the consequences of technology and skepticism.

What would you do with five minute, twenty slides and a captive audience?

The ART Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Mad Art Lab community. Look for it to appear Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3pm ET.


Ryan is a professional nerd, teaching engineering in the frozen north. Somewhat less professionally, he is a costumer, author, blacksmith, juggler, gamer, serial enthusiast, and supporter of the Oxford comma. He can be found on twitter and instagram @studentofwhim. If you like what I do here, feel free to leave a tip in my tipjar.

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  1. What would you do with five minute, twenty slides and a captive audience?

    Demand 20 million dollars, a helicopter and threaten to kill one hostage every 30 seconds my demands are not met.

    Oh.. Wait not that sort of captive? Still it’s probably my best idea.

  2. I would use them to discuss why art is important to science and skeptical communication. Or communication in general. If each picture is worth a thousand words than I will have plenty of time!

  3. I’d like to show what it’s like to be in the majority of artists, those folks who are not famous or commanding vast sums for their works. The artists we get to see doco’s on and read about are very much the exception. In 15 minutes, with slides of the practice spaces and venues I’ve spent time in I think I could shatter the illusions that even the most hardcore romantic has about the music industry. Heh, I’d put in some photos of a working musician’s gear photographed in daylight, there’s a reason the stuff is almost always black.

    Reading that back it seems a little mean spirited. My point would be that those folks up on stage in your local 200 seat room aren’t doing it for the money. They might aspire to that but the real reason they put up with conditions you wouldn’t put a criminal in is because in most cases they love what they do.

  4. I think I would do something on what it usually really means when someone sees you doing something creative and says “Oh, I wish I could do that!”

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