The Golden Age

Is Tweeting art?

And is art curation now happening on Instagram?

My question is about our frame of reference for history.

As in, every so often there’s a cycle of history in which we go through a period of time of great artistic development: A golden age. Which, by the way, funny how the “golden” ages always refer to a time of art development and liberalism, freeing some portion of our human nature from it’s shackles.

So are we living through the new Renaissance or the Apocalypse? Are we in a revolt to bring freedoms and decentralization to the world or are we closing in on ourselves?

Only time will tell. But in just the last two decades we’ve developed the internet, the smart phone, and video streaming.

Think on that for a minute.

Whether we’re in a golden age or not let’s look at the realities. Tech is accelerating, exponentially, and it’s leaving us reeling. The greatest thinkers of our time are using Twitter to spread their message (Elon Musk).

Hip-hop is the dominant genre of music. Business is global. Aside from biotech and other bleeding edge tech, creativity is the un-machineable skillset and asset. And, as Paul Graham speaks about, coding is the new art.

“Hacking and painting have a lot in common. In fact, of all the different types of people I’ve known, hackers and painters are among the most alike. What hackers and painters have in common is that they’re both makers. Along with composers, architects, and writers, what hackers and painters are trying to do is make good things. They’re not doing research per se, though if in the course of trying to make good things they discover some new technique, so much the better.”

We’re simply using the tools of our time, and to me it looks like a new renaissance.

The pulse of the culture is uncomfortable because what’s being recognized and created is not what came before it. The homage is no longer the busts we see in Rome but the fashion shows in Milan, the Yeezus Tour, the iPhone.

Would Da Vinci, born today, be drawing plans for a new building or a new voice enabled ear-phone?

The answer is both.

Further reading:
Leonardo Da Vinci – Walter Isaacson Leonardo-Vinci-Walter- Isaacson/dp/1501139150

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