The future of Art

•mars 2, 2011 • Laisser un commentaire

It was hard for me to understand everything that was said but, from what I could hear, I would like to say that today art is even more important than it used to be. So many people need to express themselves in a way that they are comfortable with. Art is identity. And as time passes by, people change, and their ways of expression evolve in relation to the world. Most people think art is useless, but it is just because they cannot see the depth of it. This is what this video tries to show. What we need to do is just to stop sometimes and look at what is around us, how things can be beautiful when you know how to look at them. This is probably what they meant when they poured some paint in the street, for cars to drive on it and make some kind of rainbows. « Let’s decorate the streets ! I think that could make the world a better place » Art is everywhere, in nature, buildings, people… If we look at the desk or table where we are, right this minute, we must notice that someone designed it. It is art. Even our clothes are some kind of art, and the way we wear them makes us what we are and what we want the others to see of us. Art is a way of expression, definitely. It plays a large part in making our lives infinitely rich. Whatever the places we come from, whatever the traditions or customs we have, we can all make arts. It is just about values, as Eric Poettschacher says in the video. Art gives us a way to be creative. For some people, art is the entire reason they get out of bed in the morning. We could say « Art is something that makes us more thoughtful and well-rounded humans. » Photography is art too. It captures things “as they really were”, removing any subjectivity the artists might put into their work.

Art is not only something that can be touched. It can even be made of sounds like for spatial sound sculpture. Marshall McLuhan, philosopher of media theory, said in the heyday of 60’s Pop Art, “Art is whatever you can get away with.” Like just about everything else, art evolves and changes through time, building upon the success, insights, mistakes, and innovations of what came before. We do not need to reflect on whether it is good or bad, beautiful or not. Art is subjective, and means something different to every single person on earth. How do we react in front of a sculpture ? Of a painting ? When listening to some music ? We are the ones who can give a sense to art. That is why we need to make it evolve, change it as well as time changes, as minds change etc. Today’s art can be even more abstract than it used to be. And new technologies are the main tools for this evolution. Music is now produced on a computer, which can make every single sound that can be found in everyday life. A lot of people say « this is not music, music has to be made with instruments, music instruments ». Who cares ? If this music is good and if some like it, then what ? It is enough to think about it as a song ! And therefore as art. In the video they even make music with sounds that we hear every day in our lives, just like torn paper. This actually makes a new sound but it is still part of the music.

Digital art enables us to create a brand new world, with new colours, new shapes, new sounds. It is just as if we were making a film of our dreams. Moreover, today digital art enables the creation of more and more beautiful video game graphics. Or even movies, entirely made of graphics. Creating new worlds helps us open our minds, and even to dream, to imagine new peoples and new lands… We should stop being so narrow minded, thinking that art is only the one of Leonardo Da Vinci or Picasso. Art can be so much more today if we just open our eyes and accept everything that it could bring us.

As a conclusion, I would like to say that I cannot wait to see how art will evolve in the next 10 years. What will we be able to do ? What will we invent ? And above all, will people change their minds about immaterial art ? Because it seems like they have already invented every new kind of art that could be invented, so how can man be more creative ? Anyway, what we say is that we are now so far away from the first paints in Lascaux. As far as cinema is concerned, we will probably have a tiny glimpse of this future in James Cameron’s film, Avatar 2, expected by 2014.