This is a response to this great post by my friend Christina for the Applications readings.
My first ITP weeks were challenging. Even though I have been working on projects created with cutting edge technology, I had never been the one developing the technology itself. My job was to feed technologists with content ideas and strategies: knowing and discovering technologies through the content filter.
From the first class of my first semester, I understood ITP were the place I had been searching for years. A place where you simultaneously create technology and content ideas. The approach we are taught here is that technology frames creative ideas and as much as ideas frame technology. The more you know how the technology works, the more creative ideas you have. The more you have creative ideas the more you discover technology.
As of the first day, I also understood the next two years are gonna be a challenge. To be creative, you must let yourself go and dive into that creative space that generates inspiration. The thing is that with technology, this is hard to achieve. There are so many codes, algorithmes, softwares to master before you can let yourself go, that I doubted for weeks I could succeed in being creative using those tools. It felt like my Self 1 was constantly thinking that I had to completely master every single technology before I could pretend creating with it.
Also, the tools we learn here are not simple tools. They are complex and elaborated computed languages that demands a lot of cerebral work to be performed. Unlike a pen on paper, or paint on a canvas, or dance, I first found it hard to let myself go and be creative. How far do you have to master a technology so it becomes an extension of your body and you hands? So it becomes part of your Self 2 impulsions? It sometimes feels like learning technology implements an intermediary in between my ideas and and my creativity. Can technological creation be spontaneous? Or is it always mediated by a third entity that you can never completely control and understand? Is technology a filter with which we comprehend society or is it simply a tool?
How can we let our Self 2 be spontaneous when our brain has to continuously process code and cerebral knowledge?
Also, how can we build interactive art and experiences that allows the public to expose their Selves 2? I have always wanted to create immersive art that generate a simple emotion and impulse inspiring the individuals’ Selves 2 to act. Not to think and judge themselves but impulsively move and react. Having people behaving spontaneously with their Self 2.
What is interesting and paradoxical is the fact that to create such simple and instinctive environments, I do have to master cerebral and logical knowledge using Self 1…