Less Perfection is Perfect
"...an expression of one's soul."It has been said, "Art is an expression of one's soul." The statement is especially true when art is produced to fulfill a personal creative need and is not simply a project for hire. Sometimes a creative piece can be so profound that it acquires a level of expression exceeding our own consciousness, conveying not only an image or a concept, but also the ability to touch the viewer's soul.
Low Tech Art vs. High Tech Art
With a computer even a small child can produce perfect pictures, with smooth lines, straight edges and nice even curves. Because the rendering device is so sophisticated, the child' s true manual ability to create has been enhanced, so much so, that the image that he or she has created has more to do with the computer assistance than with the child's hand. This doesn't diminish the child's idea of creating an image, but somehow the product seems less genuine than a cute, albeit crooked, drawing that he or she would produce using crayons and paper...
So how does this fit in with technology and art?
Dead Actors Acting in New Films?It is now possible to create digital images of long dead movie stars, acting in new motion pictures. Let's take a well-known movie star of the past such as Clark Gable. If we were to take every existing frame of film footage, as well as, every sound byte produced by Mr. Gable and database it, software could rebuild a digital Clark Gable that could be manipulated to say or do almost anything. I'm not talking about reusing existing footage, but rather taking every movement, gesture and nuance and building new combinations of movement based on the databased information. Rhythmic and inflection analysis could produce the proper timing to give the digital Clark Gable the ability to mimic characteristic movement or even invent new movement based on the data and deliver new lines in such a natural manner that it would be very difficult to distinguish the digital from the original actor. Many of these past actors could become more productive and profitable after life than they were while they were alive.
A few years ago Al Pacino starred in a movie called "Simone" about a completely virtual actress created by software. Simone was a composite of the many different ideal attributes of real actresses. She was considered to be perfect. The movie was a "dramedy" and though it contained a number of interesting situations, it left many issues unaddressed and questions unasked. The film was a box-office "under-achiever" thus a similar project asking more poignant questions may never happen. The fictional technology of that 2002 film is so close to reality now that a "real" and convincing virtual Simone-like actor may appear soon.
Back to the topic... art and technology......sometimes the proximity of the hand to the finished product can be most compelling.
Gigliotti, Lorenzo. "Art and Technology, Less Perfection is Perfect." The Random Times
The quixotic mind of Lorenzo Gigliotti
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