Thoughts on: Continuing Practice/The Simple Life

by Beauchamp Art

I am becoming disconnected from material and digital creativity – the modern systems for working with software is rapidly becoming too expensive and technologically demanding than I can afford, and physical means of creating seem limiting and inappropriate for contemporary subject matter.

I shall have to continue experiments in media as divergent from written practice, especially after leaving University, where I will no longer have access to the hard/software required, nor be in a position to purchase them for my own use. The price is not so much the issue, as the format for purchasing. Money is not exchanged directly for materials, the strings attached are an incomprehensible web.

I shall keep playing with ideas, but some projects are simple unsustainable.

Maybe so many people long for the ‘simple-life’ in their age is because the rapidity of technological development and social change exceeds the individual’s ability to cope to a changing environment in a lifetime. Perhaps this is why all depictions of immortal men are solemn characters, and with the extension of the human lifespan within the developed nations due to advances in medical treatments, diets, and an obliteration of natural predators; people could be seen to live too long. They become obsolete and unable to cope with the new machinery of the age, and the next generation would grows up with such developments embedded in their instincts can function naturalistically, but only for a limited time period.

 

Unlike a virus, mankind cannot adapt, mutate and modify instantly, it takes years. As new skills become more complex and more reliant on instinctive knowledge of previous experience, they become more impenetrable for the outsider, so pragmatic that they cannot be translate, so cryptic that no Rosetta Stone can make sense of the glyphs. As basic coding may begin to be taught in schools in place of Latin, then the language of the new media may be grounded in new complexities beyond the previous generation’s grasp.

In a number of words, as society’s ability to learn may exceed that of the individual; the role of the intermediary becomes increasingly important for the basic comprehension of everyday subject matter, as that subject matter shifts exponentially in its inter-connective complexities. If a farm-hand from two-hundred years ago could be transported to the modern age, they could probably make themselves understood, a two century shift in language is great, but surmountable. However, it may be impossible for them to understand the structures of society, all its new nuanced references, newfangled neologistic exchanges, and necessities of technological dependance would likely be beyond them, total nonsense. However, I believe that the hyperbolic post-modern tendencies towards instantaneousness, ubiquity, and progression may reduce the time needed to produce delirium. Within a hundred years, by the time someone is thirty, say, by the time they just come to grasp the tasks of daily life and establish themselves as a citizen within society, they may already be outmoded as the systems of understanding become irrelevant in shorter and shorter periods. Much as Moore’s Law predicted the increasing acceleration of the power and of the computer processor, the same may be true for the wider facilities of life, and any sense of backwards compatibility may become an impossibility.

Objects may become artefacts in a matter of months, modern history museums contain relics from the earlier half of the year. Yesterday is retro, tomorrow is a blink away.

I am almost twenty-one, and already I am beginning to feel redundant and outmoded.

And but a few weeks into a project, and I have generated just under 200GB of files. The price of having all videos uncompressed and compressed, and all photos in RAW and JPG. A TerraByte used to seem so vast.

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