Creativity

The Renaissance introduced creativity as the search and construction of a universe that addresses the human faculties. Finally providing a first emancipation of human thought, from a 1200-year long theological overseeing, the Renaissance character intended to address every facet of what being human meant. To that end, in just 200 years of reinterpretations of human nature and its senses where held as the precious description and definition of reality.

The camera, arriving 300 years after the Renaissance as a first introduction of Artificial Intelligence provided to the emerging modern of looking a new freedom. This new freedom advance by getting ride itself this time of the Renaissance premise that extended its representativeness for centuries, with progressive signs of imitation of nature.

Two scenes that allow us to delineate more precisely the new frame that the concept of creativity require today. It brings about an update of the term which integrates and does not differ in any way with its previous descriptions.

At last, the camera is can be see of a forerunners of the process that allows us to tell describe how, gradually, the relationship between man and reality has been finally taken over by the machine. Initially, the camera allowed the artistic research to focus on the construction of the modern individuality, freeing the subject of the object to be represented. Thus began a story that has continued with us during the last hundred years. Starting from the unconscious, reason and emotion it has successfully completed a sufficiently complex and comprehensive characterization of the modern individual. The second coming of the machine as an interpreter of reality, places us in the most immediate present. And I think, it proudly boasts of being able to open a new episode, where the representation is structured around the visualization of structures and associative designs.

Now, in each of the episodes mentioned, I emphasize the practice of art as a source of knowledge, of the apprehension of reality, of comprehension. It is a way of in-vocation of a metalanguage for the emergence and visualization of reality. In the case of the Renaissance age, we are talking about the discovery and recognition of a codification that is able to answer, as we said, to every facet of what being human means. In the modern episode we see a practice that seeks to deepen the gap between subject and object. This divergence measures the description of an individuality that the modern hand of temper required strong leaders with ideological goals.

Artificial Intelligence today proposes a new challenge with respect to creativity. A new proposal to search. We are abandoning contemporaneity, and I think it appropriate to contribute with a new description of the value enclosed in the term creativity. It combines aspects of its activities, which correspond to new responses to the situation of the moment.

Various investigations in the field of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are providing us with interesting contributions from the complexity of the machine, to simulate shapes and aesthetics, which are intended to be artistic. Precisely, these signs of Artificial Intelligence is what allows us to remark that creativity does not lie in the skill, the craftmanship, or the reproductive success of a project or achieving a predetermined purpose. Just as art pays no tribute to the aesthetic fact, creativity, prides itself as a recognition happening after the action. Once it has emerged, as by chance, and from an awareness that it seems to concede validity to creativity, as in front of something that is approved because it is recognized.

To conclude this brief note, namely that the maximum divergence that we have unveiled, is in the the difficulty of the machine to cope with the dilemma of being and non-being of reality. The machine, excommunicated the fact at issue before the living and non-being of reality. But its strangeness with respect to reality lacks the perception of what is absent surprise with no real perception of what is absent, what reality owes us, that that still hasn’t happened but precisely because of we know it is not there, somehow becomes part of the reality. That is, the machine lacks the assumption, the conditional, the dream that allows human beings to recognize, in what emerged as the action, the value of something unexpected but that is validated as creativity. We will say then, that with the arrival of Artificial Intelligence, creativity is a recognition, a discrimination. And again with this we would return to the camera. The photographer, the artist or the researcher know that value is in the selection of the response. From all the real attempts, from all the photos, value is in the selection. From all random gestures the artist knows that value is in the selection. Therefore, with the Artificial Intelligence we see how value is in the selection of results, data and cascades of records, which would otherwise become uninterrupted disinformation.

Jordi Güell
http://www.jordiguell.com

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