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Myth Picture

Towards the end of 2016 Adam Curtis’s documentary Hypernormalisation caused a bit of a stir, Curtis argues that since the 1970s, governments, financiers, and technological utopians have given up on the complex ‘real world’ and built a simple ‘fake world’ that is run by corporations and kept stable by politicians.

A few days ago an interesting interview emerged where Curtis discuses art, power, self-expression, individualism, freedom and myth. Read it in full here.

Art

“We may look back at self-expression as the terrible deadening conformity of our time.” – Adam Curtis [1]

Individualism

“Capitalism is about self-expression; art is about self-expression. Art is far from being a radical outside movement.” – Adam Curtis [2]

Power

“But the computers know the truth. They see us as a group. We’re actually quite similar to each other. We have the same desires, ambitions, and fears. Computers spot this through correlations and patterns….Computers can see us as large groups, but they’re glum and only aggregate us to sell us stuff. In reality, the computers give great insight into the power of common identity between groups. No one’s using that. What’s sitting with the computers is a way of seeing new groups, new common identities between people.” – Adam Curtis [3]

Freedom

“The contemporary idea of freedom is very much an individualist one. I, as an individual, want to be free to do what I want to do.” – Adam Curtis [4]

Myth

“I sometimes wonder whether conspiracy theories are an attempt to re-enchant the world in a distorted way…It’s like religion knocking on the door and trying to come back in a strange and distorted form. A sense of mystery beyond our own understanding of the world. If you ever talk to conspiracy theorists, that’s the sense you get from them. A sort of almost romantic sense of awe that there is this dark mysterious thing that a rational thing could never penetrate. That’s sort of religious.” – Adam Curtis [5]

“A myth that tries to explain the things you don’t understand and gives you a sense of consolation beyond your own existence. I think that’s really good. We’re missing that.” – Adam Curtis [6]

Melodrama

“The hyperindividualism of our age is not going to be going back into the bottle. You’ve got to square the circle. You’ve got to let people still feel they’re independent individuals, yet they are giving themselves up to something that is awesome, greater, and more powerful that carries them into the future beyond their own existence. That’s what people are yearning for.” – Adam Curtis [7]

Note to Self:

  • The points this and his previous films like ‘Century of the Self’ raises really made me dwell on certain topics…‘there has been this idea that the function of art is to change the world, and it will do so by changing the way people think and see. Whereas , if you look at the history of art, really brilliant art steps back and shows to you clearly what really is going on in the world you live in, in a vivid, imaginative way.’
  • ‘… artists have retreated over the last 10 to 15 years into either obscure creative bubbles or into money…none of it will actually go out and engage with the world, it’s a retreat.’
  • The current system of power is pretty invisible to us. It resides in finance, in all sorts of new kinds of management, and within computers and the media, which involves invisible algorithms that shape and manage what information we get.
  • The function of art is to go out and explain the world to people, and do it in ways that make it vivid and imaginative.
  • What’s waiting to be invented is a new kind of imaginative language that describes the world of power, which is invisible to us.

Parametricism

In a documentary about recently deceased architect Zaha Hadid the term parametric design in architecture was mentioned.

“There is a global convergence in recent avant-garde architecture that justifies its designation as a new style: parametricism” – Patrik Schumacher [1]

“Building on techniques developed for digital animation and for computational design in architecture, parametricism, he said, “succeeds Modernism as the next long wave of systematic innovation.” – Patrik Schumacher [2]

Advanced 3D modelling software is used to let the software ‘find’ the forms in the design.

Tutorial v3.0

Tutor: Jonathan Kearney

A Skype talk with Jonathan. We mostly discussed the forthcoming interim show next month and the practicalities of me bringing over a screen to London. We also discussed monitors and how to hang and display pieces.

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We also discussed some of the recent 3D imagery I had produced based on some of W.B Yeats writings.

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Although the course is focussed on the practice process and concepts I said that it was important to me to have some finished complete work that is presented in a gallery setting.

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Not sure Jonathan was too pushed about the voice over on the video I made called ‘Slouching towards Bethlehem’ :-). It’s meant to be Beckettian voice instructing a series of 3D orbits how to behave, similar in spirit to this lesser known Samuel Beckett play Catastrophe where John Geilgud as a powerless mute mannequin is prepared for performance by a director and his assistant.

He did suggest that I slowed it down in places. I wondered if the voiceover would make sense to anyone, he suggested that an artist like Mark Leckey’s audio may not make sense to anyone either, but just to do it.

Note to Self:

  • I have a print of some of the imagery, but would prefer to get some 3D prints done, so there is a proper physical 3D manifestation of the imagery, but there may be too many errors in the .stl files.