With today’s advancements in technology, one is aware of artificial development. It is largely a question of what is real and what is fake. There has been constant questioning of the meaning of reality throughout history, with different philosophical schools battling it out. Is the world a dream in the dreamer’s mind, does actual physical reality exist out there? Are we reduced to different dimensions, atoms, constellations? Are we real?
Today we are questioning even our own sanity, which would seem to be the base denominator for our reality. If one is insane, then he or she becomes a figment of the imaginary, an unreal aspect. The Bible of modern psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), is bordering on calling nearly every human experience a mental illness, the latest being a preoccupation with health:
“Orthorexia nervosa is a label designated to those who are concerned about eating healthy. Characterized by disordered eating fueled by a desire for ‘clean’ or ‘healthy’ foods, those diagnosed with the condition are overly pre-occupied with the nutritional makeup of what they eat.”
The DSM covers an enormous range of human pathologies, which are out of control. Mass media, government and corporate autocracies create the fears and the DSM creates the conditions. People are no longer able to grasp their own beingness, to assert their reality, their sanity.
The artificiality of this world, ranging from politics, to quack religions, to unreasonable space/science claims, to untenable “truths” that are in constant circulation, destabilize the meaning of reality. Although I like postmodernism, the word “random” has come to mean something negative for me. It is in fashion to speak of random art, art generated by computers and such AI nonsense (see link below). I want to see art with some intent, some truth, some reality. Yes, art and creativity come from the worlds of dream and imagination. This is the paradox. In an unreal world, how much more “unreal” can we sustain? It is a radical thought that the true artists to come will actually create art that will bring reality and truth back into focus. Is this possible?
Some Random Art: