I was visiting a reader’s blog yesterday who tipped me off to a video, 10 Bullets, by sculptor Tom Sachs. The video is apparently part employee training film for Tom’s studio assistants and part manifesto on the ethos of a working studio, and maybe organizing your life in general. The video takes the form of elaborating upon The Code that all Tom Sachs Studios employees are expected to work to.
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The video itself is cleverly well done and rather humorous, not your typical HR Department training film [though it does lean a little heavily on the kitty litter]. If your life or organization is surrounded by chaos, Sachs’ 10 Bullets may be just the ticket to help you keep entropy at bay. The video has received generally very favorable comments from viewers, about a 37:1 thumbs up to thumbs down ratio. My reaction seems to be among the minority view who’s reactions was something like, “Yes, yes, yes, but….” I just couldn’t follow The Code to its natural conclusions without an increasingly insistent voice inside saying to me that somewhere along the line a significant and serious boundary had been crossed.
The rest of this post will take the form of an open letter to Tom Sachs. To be fair, Tom of course is invited to respond in comments or in his own post at this blog.