Theme of this painting: Geometry of the Past
Charlie: Past has to be observed and the patterns found therein are invaluable to the future generations. A civilisation that doesn’t track it’s changes, trends and appearance and disappearances of memes is unable to build complexities which may look simple from the outside.
Earling: Thanks to visual records, the ability to write, the paper and the stones that managed to resist the destructive forces of Humans, wars, natural cataclysms, and even most importantly dogmas that opposed what was written, helped us imagine what the past might have been like. In the previous century we expanded this records to auditive, but that technology was mostly focused on music – as entertainment. The real oral traditions that might have been caught on tape, were caught only in the Academic sterile circles.
EarlingMax: That was a dark era, when music was treated as an entertainment for the most of 20th century, and even during 21st century at least the first half, the concept of entertainment relating to music was so strong, producing very low level musical pieces. Superficial and purely industrial, which further attracted a great Parasite – Copyright Guardians. This parasite damaged the industry, which shouldn’t have been an industry in the first place, but the songs produced couldn’t qualify it as anything other than industry.
It was a trapped world in between communicating to the masses and creating something artistic. It was impossible to create a world within a world= which is art, because the masses couldn’t understand. The masses really responded well to the trends, and the shepherds who understood this psychology were able to herd them in the way organisations operate so that maximum harnessing is translated in the numbers sold, while leaving in it’s trail desolation of the value system. Youngsters were convinced that if they could sing a song and be supported by the masses, and therefore reach the celebrity status, that this was progress. Then they proceeded living their empty lives with the ego equally as empty creating idols for the younger generations.
Juptling: This process of transformation and assimilation with tools (recordings, writings, visual, auditive, methods that shall remain nameless….) is going through various stages. Both of you Earlings, and especially EarlingMax considering that you are coming from the future, you are way too judgemental towards your past. Don’t you know that the shadows and the geometry of past is what created you in the first place.
Charlie: I want to continue from what EarlingMax was outlining. It is indeed true that music went through use and abuse, especially since the advent of recording equipment, and the global reach media, and then internet provided, but this process was generated because music is so powerful. Even in miniscule doses, such as the songs (designated historically as popular music), it created the space in the minds of the observers.
Unfortunately, this also created pyramids, because listeners wanted to be manufactured into the objects they were venerating. But it was necessary to go through this stage of development that emerged in 20th and 21st century in order to understand that music is beyond entertainment. The applications extend even beyond arts, because it is not only able to create world within world but also could be applied in sciences, medicine, psychology,…..
Visual art, on the other hand, doesn’t have the power of meme that music holds, so it wasn’t able change too much from Leonardo Da Vinci’s time. It only changed in the expressions, reflecting the various genres that were invented and reinvented for so many centuries, but it couldn’t be influenced by technology to a larger extent.
What does it mean being inspired by the figure of the past? In truth, from Ideasrex’s perspective, it means that the pattern created and saved for so many centuries as Mona Lisa was, created sufficient material in the consciousness of the one imagining that same past, that it compelled the appropriation.
It is one of the most frequently appropriated pieces in history; however, we are still guessing at the mystery that Leonardo Da Vinci was. A genius with so many talents, but not any talents living in their passivity; those were utilized and crystallised talents, which opened whole worlds. He didn’t have live with the surrounding; he created his own and his mind build such a thick layer of inventions that he didn’t even have to look outside when in most cases, people’s mind consciousness regarded outside as all there is.
Coexistence of survival of that period largely depended on assessing the outside environment, the alliances to the right (stronger and therefore winning) leader. Yet amidst all of this Mona Lisa seems to be mysteriously smiling, with the look of superiority; it is a look from the future, that everything will turn out right. It is the Asian look as well because as a species we took and will take even more genetics from that part of the world. However, the geometry that formed the trends, and shadows that destroyed them and created new ones are also present in this version. The past is not only the dot that we see, but also the moment when it is changing from one dot to another, it is geometrical in progression, but the movement is difficult to see from one point to another, as it is usually fluid.