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Today i’ve been in a lecture about modern era and what happened afterwords. Artists and philosophers learned the world was changing from the modern era into something else and they called Postmodernism. The dumb truth is that everything that came after the modern era is pos modern. So what happened is that after that other changes happened as well and there was no appropriate name for is as they were also pos modern. Enough about names what interested me in postmodernism is the idea that differently from the modern era that was obsessed with time postmodern society is obsessed with space. We don’t produce Picassos anymore and artists are not made to last centuries in history. What we have now is the search for transformation and the necessity to blend. We don’t present a painting anymore. We make an installation and mix it with some photos and sculpture. We prepare a space to become an experience. That is not just about art. In the modern it was all about time and progress and technology. Cars had to be faster. More expensive. Now its about space and care. Cars have to pollute less. In other hand is an era where individuality and memory are loosing importance. History is less known and people live for the moment. The past and the future are not that important. We don’t need to know history. We google it. We don’t need to know how to cook that particular recipe. We look of it in a blog. We don’t need to remember of a melody. We search it on youtube. What i learned is that post modern is not a place you want to be. Is where things are fading. Where houses are made to last 20 years and not 500 years and the old castles built in renaissance. It appears our legacy for the future generations is the personal computer and the internet. Technology. The art we are producing will probably fade soon. The architecture we are building will fade soon. The register of our generation will be really poor.

I was born in 1969 and historians call people my age “the lost generation”. I even attended a lecture in cannes festival adressed to huge companies talking about this so called “lost generation” and it’s consuming habits. It was fun to learn that my generation is often mentioned as “against fashion and consumption ” or “a generation that doesn’t believe in brands and capitalism” . They said that after the easygoing hippies our generation was one full of super protective parents that sometimes are even competitive about this matter.. That unlike babyboomers we value lifestyle over money and quality of life over success. What i really liked the most tought was the opening of this lecture where they used a speech played by Brad Pitt in the Fight Club. The name of his character on the movie is Tyler Durden and the speech is the best definition of my generation i ever heard so i would like to share with you guys. Many of you know it by heart i guess but it’s always good to listen to these words:

” I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. Goddammit, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables, slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man; no purpose or place. We have no Great War, no Great Depression. Our Great War is a spiritual war. Our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised by television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars. But we won’t; and we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

I’m not worried about this generation of mine because the truth freed us a while ago. As a matter of fact the guys in that lecture made a big research to find out that between the babyboomers and the generation x (today’s young adults) my generation seams to be the more happy and positive about life. Congratulations lost fellas!!!

I work in a creative market and people use to say that if you have an idea you better doit or someone else will. They are not talking about ideas being stolen . Many times in everyone’s lives we witnessed this phenomena. Ideas that are almost the same popping out at the same time from differente places. Who invented the airplane? You can find many debates because the fact happened in many parts of the world almost at the same time. Who invented the idea of social network? That’s even harder. What will they say in the future about this? The fact is: as more informations are shared all around the planet the more synchronized is the collective consciousness and soon will be nearly impossible to track authorship. As a matter of fact the author will eventually become a thing of the past is things get any faster. Every idea seams to be done in collaboration. What seams really interesting to me is the mechanism of collective consciousness. Are the triggers in our heads that similar that working with the same info will generate the same ideas so many times is becomes collective? Or there’s an exchange of thoughts happening all around us? I believe it’s something like the last option and i go even further. I’m believe in “life” after death. As everything in the universe we don’t just cease to exist. Everything transforms and so do we. Our bodies turns into nutrients for the earth and water. Our thoughts turns into fragments of this collective soul. It’s my personal explanation for the possibility of psychography that some spiritist can perform or any event where a living person seams to get contact with the deceased. For me there’s a field where all these minds functioning together with all living minds create a kind of common sense of things and evolutes to what we can call creation. I paint and it’s the form of art that works deeper in me. When o do anything else my process is to imagine something and then execute it the closer i can to what i imagined. With painting i just can’t do it. I start with something already subjective because my painting is abstract but most of the times i finish it in a way i never imagined when i started. It’s almost as if i was guided to do it. I’m not saying this was done by other minds but i believe there are influences and the more open you are for if the more they happen. You can ask anybody from art the amount if coincidences usually happens in their processes. I just attended a lecture from an important biographer and that was the biggest subject of the evening. The coincidences. The interesting thing is that everybody in the audience agreed and related with it. It is a constant. These are some “evidences” that makes me believe in a collective soul and a collective consciousness in a not very academic way. You may not believe in it but then again faith is a very personal thing.