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in the middle of the night

Heard somewhere – the human brain can have 16 thoughts in 1 second. What?

Also recently was told by a person that electricity can not be what travels through the brain, as there is no heat radiation from the neurons.

Are we going backwards? I sure hope so because I want to see more fungus on TV. To me, David Attenborough is a hero. His producers and sponsors are even greater heroes as they succeed in sporadically filling the complete void that is the television. It is complete joy to hear his interpretations of scientific finds, which have sadly became too segmented and spread over the entire spectrum of earthly creatures. No, in actuality it is a great achievement for him to demonstrate that even magnificent creatures are completely ignored by the human mass. However his finest example of scientific narrative that I have found is the “Private Life of Plants” series. Nearly 5 hours of prose solely devoted to the Plant and Fungi kingdom is beautifully interwoven to reveal a fantastic history of life’s first creations. My favorite episode in the series unravels the intricacy of fungi and their omnipresence. The impact of the story like descriptions of their behavior drove me to set foot in the bioengineering library of the university. How different the atmosphere in this building is compared to the law / history / art libraries ? This is truly a great place where I will spend my time. My first 5 books I have borrowed are concerned with Fungus biology and history. To my surprise the text is exactly like any Greek theatre. Intriguing battles for supremacy, mysterious change’s in tactics, fantastical statements hidden in the lines. Every page makes me giggle or drop my jaw as plot twists in chemical relationships are revealed. Truth is better than fiction.

My recent obsession with the Platonic dualism and the origin of human made objects has been affecting my creation and in some ways strengthening my beliefs on originality. There is a true beauty in communication through words and reinterpretation that leads to production. There is something cold, dead, to cloning visual diagrams and art styles.

I told a struggling student artist – you have to study what has already been done – meaning – view works, read history of process, so in turn you can create something new and unique. However, this person’s general belief that it is better to do what you want does have validity (Platonic dualism). It is much more beneficial to do what you feel, than to make something and reinforce it with successful examples of similar work. As I have also wrestled with this a few years ago doing assignments I made a similar mistake in becoming certain that studying old work meant I was being fed visual reasons and graphical laws that legitimized art creation. “That painting is brilliant, it has the damning touch of Goya meets Dadaist absurdity whilst keeping a certain feeling of gloom, reminiscent of paintings by Picasso as he escaped war torn France.” What is that? You made a copy of A, B, C and what the hell do you have that’s yours? There is a market for this product of image reinterpretation, but I like to believe that is not something “art” instructors want of their young students. At some point during instruction a student decides to follow the image, or follow the idea. Studying artists is definitely not about collecting a bag full of styles that you can whip out. It is a very hard field of study of artist’s psychology and their network of ideas. It is akin to feverishly reading the latest tabloid or hearing gossip about an artist’s personal life. After time, some people begin to completely avoid images/songs and begin to read and discuss ideas. Young students commonly get this notion that they are now ARTISTS, and they should NOT be subjected to rules and what has been done and that they must be set free to express themselves. Of course the result of a school kid trying to express themselves is most often complete emptiness. Most are too ashamed to be honest and the majority does what they set out not to do in the first place – they copy what they see. So after all this babble the solution is not to call visual engineering “Art Class.”  Yes there is an incredible science, that when embellished, can be called mind control or non verbal communication, but it must never be called art. That word is way too powerful for a student of visual communication.

Subsequently it is important to be aware that copying an idea from image is profitable. To unknowing people, you bring something new. People found out you can post a video on a website through Break or MuchoSucko, not necessarily YouTube which has earned amazing fame. So perhaps they learned of the Idea through a clone of an image. Or did the people who created youtube copy the idea from someone else and improve it, using the technical skills of visual communication? Here is where modern philosophy picks up, and Deleuze tells us that worshipping the process of production from Ideas is a complete waste of time. Copy the image, steal it, improve it, and make it your own. But Deleuze jumped out of a window and that’s as gratifying as copying images. What else is there to say during insomnia?

 


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