It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve written an essay or whatever, so I did for shits and giggles. Yep yep yep.
I have for a long time found myself frustrated at my lack of ability to properly turn an idea in my head into a less ethereal existence. It’s a problem I’ve always found most bothersome as a child when I’d try to draw something. I don’t consider myself to be one of those people who are innately gifted at drawing or painting. I could certainly work and practice to be better than I am at current, but I’ve never just had that unique talent as some people do. Perhaps I just haven’t found my own personal style of art though; I don’t know.
But at any rate, yes, I don’t think I’m a very good artist in that form. However, I have always thought I’ve had really good ideas for artwork in my head. The concepts for drawings and paintings have always been, in my opinion, pretty damn cool. Often they’d be inspired by some childhood dream or another and I’d always be able to picture them perfectly as though they were right in front of me on my paper. But getting them from that concept to reality was impossible. And of course this is no doubt the case with many, many artists and creators. Nobody is perfect like that. But it’s always something that has stuck out to me as a kid with a not inconsiderable amount of imagination. Why can’t I get this super-cool idea in my head drawn on this stupid piece of paper with this stupid little crayon.
I think of this now because it’s something that I often and annoyingly am faced with in video editing. I don’t terribly enjoy the process. I find it dull and tedious. The reason is because, in my mind, it’s already finished and perfect. I know exactly what I want it to look like and I get frustrated when it takes two hours to put together a simple project that turns out with only a quarter of a resemblance to the video playing in my head. Again, I know this is definitely not a feeling that is unique to me or anything at all, but it’s something I think about occasionally. But then it gets me thinking of a solution. A technological solution.
When faced with my frustrating problem here, I’ll find myself wishing for some sort of device that would allow me to mentally turn my imaginings into data, and that data into reality. A plug or something that jacks into my brain à la The Matrix? I dunno but whatever it’d be I’d want it. It’d make things soooooo much easier and enjoyable. And of higher quality. I can only imagine the kind of things the great artists throughout history could have created if they’d been equipped with that kind of technology. Michelangelo could have literally given us an image of heaven for us to stroll through. Van Gogh could have shown us a travel through space and time in his gaze at a starry night. Even writers like H.P. Lovecraft could brought to our eyes the true depths of madness within the dreams of slumbering Cthulhu. Imagine these things! Imagine, and then create them.
But then I think of what this kind of technology would mean in the longer run. What the repercussions on the art world would be. If anybody could just imagine a corner of the garden at Montgeron and a perfect image of the picture they have in their mind would be painted for them by a computer, what would it mean for Monet’s classic piece? Tech like this would change everything in the world of art. The standards for imagination and creativity would be raised to extremes. Classical theories would become outdated relics instantaneously. Our current, ancient concept of art and artists would be flipped on its head. Everything would change.
Like always though, the free market of ideas would be in effect and opinions, standards and values would balance out with the new influx of art. Personal styles would be held in much regard. Greater imagination and complexity would be appreciated highly. Or perhaps simplicity would quickly become cherished. Who knows? Taste and opinion changes quickly. I do think there’d be a greater emphasis on extremes though, but that’s just a little hypothesis there.
I don’t believe there’s ever really a complete downside to technological advancement. Anything that can make life better will make life better if people want it. And change is good. Drastic change can be very good. There are reactions to everything. I’m sure people would be very outraged at the implications of this kind of engineering. If some chose to value the skill and integrity of the artist’s hand over the automated data-processing of a computer, that is fine and understandable.
I know I’d love this kinda shit though. It’d be awesome, right!? Sign me the hell up! I’ll plug myself in and finally make a comic book or something! Or maybe a full-on animated movie? I dunno, I’d be making a ton of things. Basically anything would be possible. It’d be a grand adventure of the mind!
“A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone!”