WE MUST CREATE AT THE SAME SCALE
AS WE CAN DESTROY
If the arts are to take a role in shaping and humanizing emerging
technological environments, individuals and arts constituencies
must begin to imagine at a much larger scale of creativity.
We must begin to create at the same scale as we can destroy, or
else art, and more dangerously the human spirit and imagination,
will be rendered decorative and impotent.
If the boundaries between art and life dissolve it will be the
result of artists migrating towards a new order of artmaking, abandoning
the conventional standards and practices and becoming 'new practitioners'
or systems integrators, who produce situations, contexts, and permanent
environments or utilities. The 'new practitioners' can begin the
process of healing the aesthetic wound that has disfigured the business
of Art, and continue the aesthetic quest in more relevant directions.
New creative activities must emerge such as multi-media creative
solutions networks, not simply computer networks for Artists, but
rather multi-media telecommunications networks with agendas that
can engage multi-disciplinary constituencies. This will require
the development of new skills and the cultivation of new relationships
between the participants. The movement is towards the control of
a meaningful context, creating environments not just to support
art, but that create the possibility for new scales of creativity
across all disciplines and boundaries.
The dark side of the "new world information order" suggests
that a new scale aesthetics be created. It will take several years
from the time this work begins for creative solutions networks of
appropriate number, scale, velocity, and dexterity to evolve to
maturity. Consider: co-creating non-imperialistic, multi-cultural
or domestic agendas for community or global scale aesthetic endeavors.
Consider: the continuous re-invention of non-hierarchical telecom
networks that will allow people to bypass cultural gatekeepers and
power brokers. We must accept these kinds of challenges and recognize
what can be gained by solving them.
All of this implies that there is a new way to be in the world.
That the counterforce to the scale of destruction is the scale of
communication, and that our legacy or epitaph will be determined
in many ways by our ability to creatively employ informal, multi-media,
multi-cultural, conversational, telecommunications and information
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