"Knowing that when we put up a sign or a label -- the memory of -- we admit defeat. We hand the responsibility of memory to the sign, to the object. It becomes a canned memory, like canned laughter on a TV show, which laughs on our behalf, it remembers on our behalf, it does the work for us. We are let off the hook.
THERE IS NO GOOD SOLUTION
We need the terrain of the half-solved, the half-solvable riddle, the distance between knowing and not knowing, and being aware of our own limits of understanding, the limits of our memory, but prodding the memory nonetheless."
Six Drawing Lessons
The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, 2012
Harvard Universiy Press