Sunday, 7 August 2022

AIvART2

 AI v ART 

part two


Attention is energy


“Home isn’t a place. It’s the people you’re with.”
​Xenia, Assassins Creed Odyssey



Attention energy is validation

We have added value when somebody recognises we exist.

Does the artist create goods-of-value
to gain attention for self-elevation? 

or
Does the artist create goods-of-value
because the artist is driven to do so,
without caring about other peoples opinion of the art? 


Self-evaluation is reliant on others opinions.

Does exploring this question help us to define what is ‘a real artist’? 


Is there a grey area between these things? 


“Nothing is ever finished.”
Peter Robinson


AIvART1

 AI v ART

part one 


Is using AI to produce art “cheating” ? 

Do the paint and paintbrush manufacturers own the painting?

No. The artist is recognised to be the operator of the tools. 
The artists skill is recognised to be of quantifiable value. 

Does the tool manufacturer own the produce? 

The AI is a tool. 

Selecting 
-paint (photos to derive imagery from) 
-paintbrush (descriptor words to generate visual texture) 
-theme (style algorithms)

is the artists skill set. 

Selecting
prime images from batches of hundreds, 
​of infinite potential, 
is the artists skill set.
The time consuming work involved. 


Producing the type of imagery the artist wants to look at,
to bring into the world,
to exist, to share a vision, 
is the artists skill set. 



AIvART3

 AI v ART 

part three


DEATH OF THE ARTIST




In Latin to ‘Profess’ is to state an aspiration. A professor was one who stated aspirations, which other’s often mistook for facts on the basis of professor having authority. 


The professors first profession is therefore that the professor has authority. That’s really what professing is all about. 


We should note the existence of professing predates the existence of the acadamy. 


We should also note ‘academic’ literally means irrelevant equally as much as it means qualified. 


Profession is all about qualification. 


Therefore; 


Is one’s attitude toward and about one’s studies and practises a factor in what makes an artist an artist? 


“S/He’s taking it professionally.” 


Encourages people to believe s/he is a professional. 


We are living in the era of push-button procedurally generated AI art which is visually often at a level beyond even most of the old masters accomplishments. This question of validating artists is more relevant today than it ever has been. 


But, what is art? 


“Art is what is perceived by the observer to be art.” 


So that idiot who haphazardly dribbled out a sketchy abstract crayon scrawl onto a piece of torn cardboard and immediately forgot about it because sincerely does not care about productivity and value, has created a work which must be given equal consideration to an oil painting created by one skilled in technique who has studied intently all their life. 


If the kids prefer ‘crayon on card’ to ‘boring costly’ then crayon on card has won the debate. 


Modern art galleries are as full of crayon on card as they are oily boredom. The prices of either are negotiable, as both have fetched at auction prices into the millions. 


Therefore, the question regarding a persons attitude toward their products being relevant in properly defining them as an artist, is answered. 


The artists opinion has little to do with the public opinion as to what constitutes art and what art is worth. 


Proclamation of oneself as professional artist has become irrelevant. We all are. 


Yet the tools now available to artists, tools which enable any of us to become artists, are more advanced now than at any other time in history. 


We are living through a renaissance, on top of the 20th century renaissance because finally industrial technology and the realm of art have successfully merged. 


So what is the difference between the untrained pushing buttons on a phone and ordering print copies online, to the person struggling to buy paint and sell paintings to pay their bills? 


The keeping alive of traditional skills is a huge factor. Concern about living as embodiment of human culture vs enslavement to the machine. 


“Ain’t nobody got time for that.” Alexi 


At this time we’re living in a short window of commercial print versus handmade painting.


We already have 3-D printers, it won’t be long before we have printing machines which can replicate the application of physical paint onto a canvas, from source image.


“Imagination is not imaginary.” Mather’s, OGD





Sunday, 10 July 2022

OldBooks





The relevancy of old manuscripts.


I was born the year the first Star Wars movie was released. At that time there were no consumer market computers, at least not like those of today or even those of the late 1980s. At that time computers were still in the realm of science-fiction.


I have gathered through my life 3000 books and have read that many again. These cover diverse range of topics.


Despite the emergence of portable Internet on our phones, the market for digital books, the publishing industry is thriving now as never before for which I am pleased having previously become concerned whether digital publishing will kill traditional publishing.


There are perhaps more writers now than ever before because the tools are easier to access and self publishing through the Internet is a more respectable option than it used to be simply because the sheer volume of people choosing that route, some of whom are becoming millionaires.


As a tidy my bookshelves in my life third attempt to Descale and Declutter, I am finding wonderful works which nobody in 2022 under the age of 30 has probably ever heard of outside of US English literature courses and most even less likely have any interest in. 


For all I know this once mass-produced paperback copy I am holding my hands, complete and unabridged, is the last remaining one. 


As I sort my books into two piles, those I cannot bear to part with or through some quality of insight deem worthy of saving and those which I shall discard and take to a charity shop. I know the charity shop book market. Many of these books will simply be thrown in the bin if I do not personally look after them.


I bought the Wordsworth classic portrait of the artist written by James Joyce while I was an art student. Had I not become an art student I would’ve instead become a student of literature and creative writing. Female art students vs female literature students weighed heavily in the decision. 


The back cover blurb says this:


A portrait of the artist represents the transitional stage between the realism of Joyce’s Dubliners and the symbolism of Ulysses, and essential to the understanding of the latter work.


The novel is a highly autobiographical account of the adolescence and use of Stephen Dedalus, who reappears in Ulysses, and who comes to realise that before he can become a true artist, he must read himself of the stultifying effects of the religion, politics and essential bigotry his background in the late 19th century Ireland. Written with a light touch, this is perhaps the most accessible of Joyces’ works.


Does anybody else out there care about this? Will they ever? 


I personally identify with the protagonist because the back cover of my as-yet-to-be-written autobiography might say something along the same lines. 


I do regard that before I become a true artist I must first rid myself of the stultifying effects of the religion, politics and essential bigotry of my background in late 20th century Wales.


I grew up through latter modernism into post-modernism and post-post-modernism, to use the correct academic terms taught by universities and which nobody who did not attend university has much understanding of. 


I survived the millennium and the end of the world in 2012 according to the Mayan calendar. 


As a result of how people think at this time during my lifetime, I need not write my autobiography because I can simply refer to Joyces portrait of the artist and say “that says it all, now you know my story too.” 


So here you have a man who questions the ongoing relevancy of a book concerning issues faced by another man a century before his time, who is perhaps the one person he most identifies with. 


Is this somehow therefore subconsciously a quest for one’s own relevancy? Is saving musty old books for a future generation to dispose of as irrelevant my feeble attempt at having some relevancy today? 


The book has inspired at least as much as a blog post. It’s going in the To Keep list. Back on the shelf.


Someday I may actually get around to reading it.




Friday, 1 July 2022

Ghost Painter

 The Ghost Painter 



  1. Methodical 

Visual media version of a ghost writer 

(Painting by numbers / projections)


   2. Thematic Symbolist

Someone who paints ghosts 

    3. Voodoo

A spirit riding a spirit-medium during an art making session


    4. Paranormal

A ghost who paints (telekinetic ghost) 




After I had written X thousand words I began to observe more closely where the words were coming from. 


After I had written XX thousand words I began to recognise more accurately where the words were coming from. 


After I had written XXX thousand words it was no longer me writing. Me body and mental faculties on loan to a loa, a spirit-in-passing who-hang-around. 


Ghosts write better than the living for combined experiences and insights bound into form of patterns emerging. Cognitive patterns. Words writ before so many times before because this the most obvious way to do it to get the message out. 


Might as well. This is Candomble the living experience. Integrate spirit world with those vessels in the physical domains of time. Bridge the gap. 


This one, the Mayan birth sign is to bridge the gap and seal the store of death, it’s in the stars. His family bloodline known for it for centuries. Spirit mediumship. Spirits use those skills the living perform until it become ritual to them then we step in. It is symbiotic relationship. 


This one he an open-walk-in, spirits come and go through him check-in with him through the day and night more than he fully realises, don’t give him often enough control of himself because they know they do a better job of living his life than he can, so broken up inside. 


He trapped in there, watching all this. 


Them so-called experts blaming it on chemical imbalances in their superiority-and-ignorance. 


This one is a writer and experienced as a medium. So he is a conduit for us tonight to channel through a message about all this. What daily life is like for him because he trained at it for purpose of waking up a generation around him and following human tradition. 


Because we need it to become more aware of life and what it is, how it works and what we are and are capable of becoming. Collectively and individually. For evolution of life gaining self-awareness of itself. 





Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Integrity - AHvJD

A lot of discussion recently about the outcome of the culturally significant Amber Herd v Jonny Depp court case (in which Amber Herd was fined 12 million dollars for lying about being abused), causing women to worry about how they will not be believed about being abused.  


The problem with that is not men at all: it is from women lying and all women being branded as liars. 


The problem is lack of accountability. 


In mens culture, respectability is based on responsibility: accountability is credibility. 


What the AHvJD case has highlighted at this time in tandem with astrology placements: 


Women are having a lesson in why men function that way. Because it helps communities to function while lies destroy lives. 


This is why “making an honest partner of my partner” is mentioned in marriage ceremonies - the couples are expected to hold each other accountable so the community functions better. 


Partner = pardoner, it’s the same word. The person who holds you accountable and who you hold accountable. 


It’s the Human blueprint.


That is the foundation of “the patriarchy” - the person most responsible is most respectable. 


It’s built on accumulation of merit, on people living up to their accountability and gaining credibility and the prestige which comes with it. 


This creates a stable community. 


That’s why men consider feminists who say ‘smash the patriarchy’ to be abusers who are destabilising communities.


The AGvJD case has come after decades of a culture (my whole lifetime at least) when men complain about being abused by women, not only are men not believed but they are discriminated against and ridiculed for it. 


It has been near-impossible for men to uphold the merits of integrity and accountability in those cultural circumstances. 


Women having empathy with mens predicament is one positive outcome of the AHvJD case.  

Rational Questions

 

1: Feeling Angry and Hurt



Do you accept that you get angry?


Do you accept that you get hurt?


Do you accept there is a relationship between anger and hurt? 


Do you accept that anger and hurt are emotions? 


Do you accept that you feel you have a right to get angry? Even if&when you don’t want to feel angry. 


Do you accept that you have a right to feel hurt? Even if&when you don’t want to feel hurt. 


Do you accept other people have a right to get angry and hurt too?


Do you accept that when you’re angry it’s not easy to explain why, because you’re angry?


Do you accept that when you’re hurt it’s not easy to explain why, because you’re hurt? 


Do you accept that it’s possible to think about your emotions, to translate them into words, to explain to other people your reason for feeling angry and hurt?


That you have a right to get angry and hurt is reasonable given the circumstances.


Do you accept other people have the same?


Do you accept you have a right to communicate with other people about your anger / hurt? 


Do you accept other people have a right to communicate with you about it, because they are affected by it? 

Do you accept anger and hurt can cause blockages in communication? 


Do you accept you and other people have a right to communicate about any blockages which prevent such communication? 


On the basis of answering yes to all of the above questions, we can now go forwards reasonably to talk about our rights and to use empathy to understand why the people around us including ourselves get angry about specific reasonable issues.


Do you agree with that?





2: Listing Causes 


What makes me angry is…


What makes me hurt is…


How I deal with anger is…


How I deal with hurt is…



To summarise: is it that the general reason you feel angry and hurt is because you feel your rights have been infringed and you are not getting enough respect?


This leads onto section 3.




3: Rights, Responsibility, Respectability. 


With rights comes responsibilities.


You’re angry because I have a right and I am asserting my right. You feel that my right infringes upon you.


That says more about your lack of respect for other peoples rights than it says about other people.



Basic Human Rights have to be understood as a given because it is right that you will naturally automatically have it.


Rights have to be defended because people always trying to take them away. This is what is meant by boundaries. Setting boundaries, establishing boundaries, reaffirming boundaries. 


Responsibility is Respectability. When people live up to their responsibilities they become more respectable and more respected. Accountability is credibility.


You do not automatically have a right to be respected or be credited for things you have not proven yourself to be and do. You have basic human rights as a foundation. Anything else is earned.


By adapting to become reliant on other peoples kindness, you will struggle in social environments where that kindness is not automatically given. Which to summarise, is called adult life.


The job parents to prepare children to survive adult life.




4: Facts and Fantasies


Are you allowed an Opinion?


Are other people allowed opinions? 


Are you allowed an opinion even if it’s wrong? 


Are other people allowed opinions even if they’re wrong? 



Are you aware of a difference between;

 ‘believing a thing which is wrong morally’ 

and 

 ‘believing a thing which is wrong scientifically’?



It is morally wrong to be prejudice against someone because of an -ism, 


for example; sexism, racism, agism, nationalism. 


It is scientifically wrong to believe a thing is real when it is disproved using science,


for example; water boils at 100 degrees and freezes at zero degrees. 


It would be scientifically wrong to believe it to be the other way around. That would be delusional. 



Do you accept that straight-thinking people do not want to put delusional people in control? 


To knowingly put a delusional person in control is itself a delusional behaviour. A straight-thinking person who does that, is also therefore a delusional person. 


This reveals the importance of thinking for yourself. 


This reveals the importance of straight-thinking as superior to delusional-thinking.


Thinking for yourself requires questioning our assumptions about everything. 


Delusional is a word with two meanings; 

To be deluded. 

To cause delusion. 


Assume is a word with two meanings; 

To take for granted. 

To take responsibility. 


“An assumption is a grab; with a light on.

A delusion is clutching in the dark.” 


Both words ‘Delusion’ and ‘Assume’ mean simply; ‘fake’. A falseness knowingly or unknowingly mistaken for truth. A belief without any proof. 











Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Tension&Attention

A Tension value experiment in Attention 


Water pressure controls the flow. When we adapt the hose to split into two streams, with a junction, each stream has half the water pressure. 


Multitasking does not work for this reason. Our attention has tension. Which seems obvious when you regard phonetically it is the same word, the same concept applied to a different context. 


“Where attention goes, energy flows.” Eckhart Tolle


“The observer affects the observed.” Albert Einstein 


Attention is energy (simplified). Attention is conduit through which energy affects energy. 


The Attention-Energy is measurable by its impact. This is verifiable in physics at particle level. 


Methods for development of Second-Attention is instructed by Yaqui shaman Don Matus in the Carlos Casteneda analogy. 


Widening of the mind to encompass multiple focus of awareness simultaneously. While with effort it is possible to somewhat increase the ‘water-pressure’ of split Attention. 


Study of electric reveals Amplitude and Volume to be the two relevant factors of measurement of energy-flow. 


How fast it is moving (Amplitude). 

How much there is (volume). 


We can liken Amplitude (how fast it is moving) with Frequency (the speed of its vibration). 


This Second-Attention is within the remit of Volume (how much we can be aware of) rather than the remit of Amplitude (how fast / high the Attention energy is capable of; 1 emitting, 2 being aware of). 


NB: This should have been posited as a question for contemplation, not an assertion.