In one of my other classes we’ve been discussing Neizches “The Gay Science”. His basic premise is that the world, and any part of it for that matter, is something inherently chaotic, disorderly, and everything within it is at best an object for spurring conflicting perspectives. Nothing can really be defined or labeled, and he questions our capacity to make judgements that are cut and dry, or scientific.
Next, he goes on to say that life is essentialy a series of chaotic illusions that are open to an infinite number of perspectives and an infinite number of subjective interpretations. Moments are forever changing, impermanent, life is in constant motion – but one thing we can be sure of is the uniqueness of the moment.
So, the best thing that we can do in such a world is try to capture, or freeze frame just one moment of chaos, one instant of an illusive, completely unique moment. And perhaps in an artistic creation!
In the 1500’s: we would call this a painting.
In the 1800’s: a photograph.
In the 1950’s: a movie.
In the 21st century: New Media.
The newest way of attempting to capture and recreate an illusionary moment.