8 Sep 2011

The Magic of Truth, Lies and Technology.

I sometimes hear people express the fear that technology will make us less creative, or that technological evolutions might destroy art.

I don't agree. I believe technology is just a tool, whereas creativity is an attitude, a talent and a honed skill.

The following five-minute video is a great example of how technology can give rise to new forms of art.

At TEDGlobal 2011, the Swiss magician and illusionist Marco Tempest created an aesthetic, touching and thought-provoking reflection on truth, lies and the power of art:
"Art is a deception that creates real emotion
A lie that creates a truth
And when you give yourself over to that deception
It becomes magic."
 Marco Tempest, TEDGlobal 2011

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19 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the lovely video!

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  2. Technology simply depends on what we decide to do with it, but creativity is a fundamental part of being human. We are born to create.

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  3. Very cool. I don't know how he did that. You're right, creativity is a human trait, technology is a tool. The boom in technology only fuels more creativity in my opinion, because it's something NEW, and that really gets our minds working overtime. :)

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  4. Damyanti: you're welcome! :-)

    Marsha: totally :-)

    Towanda: very true, and we will do it with the tools we have available, technology being one of them.

    L.G.: I have no idea! I'm still in awe. :-) What you say is definitely true for some of us: new inventions challenge and stimulate our minds. :-)

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  5. "tool" is definitely the right definition to me as well - it's all in what you do with it. here we are, using technology to share our writing, and i am so incredibly grateful for its existence or i wouldn't meet great writers like yourself who inspire me!!

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  6. Thanks, EcoGrrl, and you're so right about technology and writing! :-)

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  7. wow, neat vid! I can't help but be thankful for the advances in technology. If it weren't for things like skype and facebook- I'd be a lot harder to keep in touch with my family in the US (I'm in France) Glad to have discovered your blog!

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  8. And at times a truth that creates a lie. ~Mary

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  9. I love that guy. So many things he said and did made me think and smile... especially the bit about men telling more lies than women and of course we believe women when they tell us that!

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  10. Query Girl: great to see you here. :-) I often wonder how we all got by without the internet. :-)

    Mary: very true! :-)

    Rosalind: I keep discovering new things when I watch it. :-)

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  11. Tools are leveraged in the hands of the artisan, not the other way around.

    Timely post, K.C.

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  12. The best technologists are the creative technologists.

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  13. Suze: well put! :-)

    Munk: and there's that ... :-)

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  14. Well said! Technology is a tool. Nothing can stop people from being creative.

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  15. technology kills creativity in another way, not in this one. It kills it by us spending our time on the Internet, at video games, in front of a DVD player and similar, instead of reading, writing, making something, painting ...

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  16. K.C, dropped you a DM on twitter :)

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  17. Talli: hear, hear! :-)

    DEZZY: you have a point there, but I think it could never kill creativity. Put it on hold, maybe, but I think if the urge is there, it will always bubble up.

    Damyanti: thx! Went to check and replied. :-)

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  18. I think it all depends how we use technology, we don't want to become addicted (Dezmond has a good point) but what i find through browsing online often inspires me to write.

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