I have seldom used ‘Untitled’ as a title and this is a perfect opportunity--in a book of titles.
I have been a collector of titles ever since I started composing in the early 1980s. They are ubiquitous if one pays attention to them, emanating from things one is reading or in overheard phrases on TV or the radio.
Titles can exert a big influence on how ideas grow and develop from a conceptual basis--other times they are added to complete an idea, or to add one where a central idea was needed. Sometimes artists want to avoid suggesting anything specific and use ‘untitled’ or something generic like ‘abstract painting’, as Gerhard Richter has frequently done. (If something is to remain pristinely abstract, one wouldn’t want to introduce or suggest possible meanings.)
Titles have different effects depending on the medium: art and sometimes photography do not require titles but I have always added them. Music always needs a title in all genres except classical, where ‘Symphony No. 3 in C Minor’ is sufficient, with each movement named for its tempo marking, as more of a formal ‘category’ rather than a title per se.
Colors of Perception
Cor Ten Blue
Eyes Into the Sole
High & Low
Hundreds of Arbitrary Decisions Made By Design
Illusory Borders of Subjective Contour
Junk on TV
Martian Vapor Trails
Neone (Character in the short story "Reset")
Not Like Before
Place No One Knows, A
Shades of Remembering
Ship of Theseus
Stratified By Wind
Underlying Knowledge of Shapes
When Comes a Time
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