“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell
To continue with the topic from last post, I shall name this rant:
“Let the one who has never used an Instagram filter throw the first stone!”
Let’s be honest: We are all addicted to Internet and social networks. In 2014, when everything seems to be one click away it’s getting harder and harder to tell where url ends and url begins.
But how real are the things we experience online? How true are the feelings, ideas, thoughts of our url lives?
It’s almost like everyone with an instagram or FB account has turned into either a great liar or a great curator, whatever the difference may be.
Since we don’t have to be present, or even ourselves, internet has made lying easier than ever. We have tools, such as filters, photoshop and even spelling assistants to make us appear how we yearn to be portrayed– add physical distance to the mix and you can become the greatest con artist in the world.
Let’s focus a little bit, though, on this cornucopia of easy-deceit tools and their use in the art world. Art in itself has a long courting relationship with lies, one may even dare to say that art is a lie point blank. Why?
Cause that’s the magic of it, quite simply.
Free of attachments to dogmas, it is an open field where anything goes, where the artists’ “job” is to make us suspend disbelief in the same way a new date on match.com or grindr might. Now, let’s imagine this: how much better of a liar is an artist on grindr/match.com? will he/she do better at dating?
If any of you artists want to try this little experiment, please let me know. I’m anxious to know if we, art folk, have better lying skills or if I’m just being the usual delusional me.