Serendip is an independent site partnering with faculty at multiple colleges and universities around the world. Happy exploring!

The Breaking Project

The Breaking Project

Creative Disruptions in Thinking, Writing, and Creating 

This is an evolving space for publishing and exploring writing, artwork, and film that come from experiences of Breaking: choosing radical change — Breaking away, in, up, through, down, out, . . . ground, free . . . the cycle, the spell, the mold.


Hungry Ghosts by Jody Cohen


Breaking is a way to:

                      • Reconsider the frameworks we come from
                      • View the viewing-lenses we look through
                      • Disrupt to create
                      • Make big changes, free up new energy


Introduction       Contents     Workbook     Add a Piece     Discussion  ∙  People/Community  ∙  Resources



Please take a look at what’s on the Project now, participate in any of the discussions/explorations, and create your own Breaking Project!

Radical, conscious change is multi-media and interdisciplinary.
Any form that interests you is relevant.



alesnick's picture

relevant quote

Just came across this passage from the I Ching that serves as the eigraph for Young-Bruehl's and Bethelard's book, Cherishment: A Psychology of the Heart:

Times of growth are beset with difficulties. They resemble a first birth. But these difficulties arise from the very profusion of all that is struggling to attain form...So too the superior man has to arrange and organize the inchoate profusion of such times of beginning, just as one sorts out silk threads from a knotted tangle and binds them into skeins. In order to find one's place in the infinity of being, one must be able both to separate and to unite....It is important to seek out the right assistants, but he can find them only if he avoids arrogance and associates with his fellows in a spirit of humility...

— "Difficulty at the Beginning," I Ching (3)


Breaking is about the struggle to attain form by newly separating so as newly to unite.

ewippermann's picture

another quote

“...we are too liable to consider our civilization as the ultimate goal of human evolution, thus depriving ourselves of the opportunity of learning from the teaching of others. My whole outlook upon life is determined by one question: How can we recognize the shackles tradition has lain upon us? For when we recognize them, we are also able to break them.”   


        — Franz Boas, “The Shackles of Tradition”