I have quoted elsewhere on the blog from Simon McBurney’s piece that appeared in Brick (Winter 2004) and my selection focused on the importance of following directions and how the order of gestures serves a mnemonic. See Order disorder.
Following on that selection from McBurney is a meditation on repetition which deserves a place of its own.
It is not just that you get better at it through repetition; rather, that through the act of repeating, you dig down into the material and find the new under your hand where you did not know it.
Deserves repeating with a bit of variation. Just above this archaeological take on repetition is the simple assertion:
The sequence is the thing. The order is all.
The doing over and over is not the same.
And so for day 636