The philosophical courage for artists to create requires cultures to have enough collective courage to support creators. The creative team of BR2049 helmed by director Denis Villeneuve created a fully realized world, created down to minute detail. They also created a vital, thrilling work of art.
We’re all awash in tidal waves of information, yet there’s rarely a sense of anything being a surprise anymore. There’s just an endless stream of “have you gotten to it, yet?”, and that’s not even close to knowing about something awesome that others may not have yet found.
You’re always taking stock of your past, the decisions you’ve made that got you to this moment, and you wonder if you’re on a trajectory that’s still climbing or already settled sneakily into a long slow descent. You look back to look forward.
When a creative person or team will only accept the absolute best, the one-and-only solution for solving an aesthetic problem, the project is destined or a bumpy ride and the chances of overall success go down.
Science needs the arts and arts needs the sciences. More to the point, greater culture needs healthy conditions for both. Without the arts and sciences thriving simultaneously, culture can never be more than a day-to-day monotony, without purpose.
Beginners mind facilitates clarity of vision because the viewer makes observations with a clear field of sight. It’s the ability to let go of what you know, to trust that it will still be there when you need it, but to not let it get in the way of seeing something as if it were the first time.
I worry that the story of how it got there and all of the many decisions that brought it into being—who designed it, who manufactured it, who shipped it, sold it, took it home, wore it, and ultimately hung it up for perpetuity might never be told.
No doubt it's cool to dive safely with sharks in a shark cage simply by wearing VR goggles, but after a few of these video translocations, a viewer has to wonder, “What else can it do? Can it tell me a story?”