Studies in Progress and Concepts
Here I share my advanced notes on ideas and concepts I am exploring. Sometimes these ideas are parked until something happens or they are transformed until they become a project.
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What happened to the promise of a paperless world?
In 1993, after Peter James published his novel Host on two floppy disks, many were quick to announce the demise of the book in its printed form. It has certainly been a rocky road but, while today we can still read a book written 500 years ago, the majority of people will not be able to read the floppy disks of Peter James' novel. A reflection on the value of time in the digital age and that printed books are here to stay...
The Duality of Truth
Between Aspiration and Realisation
Is truth an aspiration? An ascension to perfection? The truth of God, the one and only Truth?
Or is truth realised through technology? Through the answers of search engines? Is truth provided by television and social networks? The truth of realisation is billions of little pieces of information dissected and reunited to become “The Truth”. Tiny pieces travelling in all directions, processed by computing platforms and recomposed in our heads, by our cognitive tendency to fill gaps and make assumptions, by believing only in what we read and what we can see.
With the advance of progress, aspirational truth, promoted by faith and religion, has been progressively ditched, in many cases ridiculed. The modern man began to believe that there is no other truth that the one he is able to produce, with consumerism advocating the ability to fulfil all needs of humankind.
However, as “connection” increases we feel more and more alone and distanced from Mother Nature and our communities. Unprecedented diffusion, by mass media, of what today constitutes information (largely negative events), has contributed to the creation of fear and diffidence.
Activities of computing platforms and management models, seeking endless eco- nomic returns, are driven by models that promote suboptimisation and create injus- tice and damage to the environment, exploiting the most vulnerable communities.
Today, realised truth is propelling extremism and has become a binary model of thought: its confirmation is the negation of any other possible option. But if man was to realise his limitation, Truth should be better acknowledged as a continuum of infinite possibilities, in the values of Love and Respect for all humankind.
This concept was developed for the 2nd INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE organised by MONDO GALERIA in Madrid at the beginning of 2018 where it was selected as runner up.
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