Zeitgeist. Time ghost. Spirit of the times. What is going on?
I was in tune with the Zeitgeist while going on marches in 1968-9. I was in tune with the Zeitgeist in 1969-70 when I was going into communal living and alternative schools. And again with personal growth all through the 80s. Psychodrama groups, and psychotherapy. And in the very early 90s setting up Psybernet as an online enterprise, I could see the dot.com era looming, (sadly I was out of sync with monetising my insight) I have loved being experientially involved in a world changing era.
I am curious about my current interested in art & creativity?
Am I sniffing something that is in the air?
I am curious… what do you think, is it time for a reaction against the pragmatic, quick, efficient, functional business like era we have been in? Is there a swing to art, beauty & truth?
They say that the … genius is always ahead of his time. True, but
only because he’s so thoroughly of his time.
Henry Miller, Preface to The Subterraneans,
by Jack kerouac, 1959
We don’t know who discovered water, but we know it wasn’t the fish.
The past went that-a-way. When faced with a totally new situation, we tend always to attach ourselves to the objects, to the flavor of the most recent past. We look at the present through a rear view mirror. We march backwards into the future.
The poet, the artist, the sleuth – whoever sharpens our perception tends to be anti-social; rarely “well-adjusted”, he cannot go along with currents and trends. A strange bond often exists among anti-social types in their power to see environments as they really are.
What we call art would seem to be specialist artifacts for enhancing human perception.