Today the tools of creation and distribution have not only changed, they've made it easier for anyone to enjoy the act of making art on a level that would have been simply impossible or unaffordable a decade before. And we enjoy a plethora of digital devices with which to create, communicate and distribute our collective brilliant inspirations.
I think most will agree that Andy Warhol
was right when he postulated in 1968 that "In the future, everyone will
be world-famous for 15 minutes." –Except of course, the real time frame
is the 1.5 seconds it takes 15 million 'followers' to like your video
or read your 'tweet'.
But to this observer, the bulk
of the content being pushed through the pipes remains traditional in
almost every aspect. Perhaps it's too soon to expect that artists have
caught up with the Internet, but if middle class computer programmers
from suburban California can access the future, why can't contemporary
Granted, the integration of game theory into
many heretofore non game platforms is an interesting movement, as is
nonlinear and hyperlinked story telling in both advertising and
entertainment platforms. But if we narrow our focus to the so-called
fine arts, then why is it that even art which calls itself experimental
or Avante-garde is not so different from the experimental or
Avante-garde created more than a half century before?
now, isn't about time that every musician who decides to 'experiment'
try something different than dabbling with modular synthesizers? I, for
one, would like to see real experiments, testing a hypothesis, and
executed with purpose, not just some guy executing a filter sweep with
one hand and popping a Molly with the other. And for those that do
invest the time and energy to learn modular synthesis, when exactly do
you plan to stop experimenting and actually master your craft?
Likewise, with a few notable exceptions, contemporary dance, for instance, is no more modern than the 'modern dance' of Hanya Holm, Anna Sokolow or Alwin Nikolais, and arguably most of it is less so.
one day this word, 'modern', will only refer to the hundred years
spanning the middle of the 19th Century to the middle of the 20th
Century. Or we may have just begun the Modern Age, which in that case,
we have a century or more, and maybe a another millennium before its
And that may be a more accurate prediction, because as of right now, we have a hard time shaking it off.