Sabbatical and the Badgermin

Following yesterday’s post on the job-economy, I have been wondering what I would spend my time doing if I didn’t have one. I don’t have much of an answer,  but here is someone who does: in this video, Stefan Sagmeister talks about how he closes his design studio in New York for one year in every seven, in order that he and his colleagues can think about things (anything they like) at greater length.

Sagmeister says that when he took his first sabbatical he deliberately imposed no plan or structure on his time, on the assumption that some sort of purpose would emerge in this vacuum of time; but it was in fact a disaster, and he quickly had to draw up a schedule of activities in order to prevent himself being sucked into a mire of make-work. The second sabbatical, which he took in Bali, was much more profitable – both spiritually (he had a nice time and started to meditate) and financially, since much of the thinking done on the sabbatical led indirectly to new work on his return (he says that all of the work that was done in his studio for the seven years after the first sabbatical was derived from that sabbatical).


As I say, I don’t have much of an answer myself, but I think the number one project would be to make and learn to play one of these, a badgermin.

The badgermin, really a theramin inside a badger, is played here by Charlie Draper, in Cambridge. He is available for bookings.


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