Wait a.. Whut? Two things yes I have managed to get back here with ina week and that head line. Artists as Censors. Well let me explain. This is where my head has been at since I seem to be on the other side of the whole fun depression/anxiety fest I was having.
Artists are censors. (Watch out for incoming science that I will probably get wrong.) Our experience of the world is really odd when you sit and think about it. Using all of our senses we soak up oceans of information. We process around 34 GIGABYTES of information a day through our social media usage and general informational noise. In a 2 hour face to face conversation we will pretty much equal our daily media diet. Recent research suggests we can absorb 2.5 petabytes of data. Here's the thing though. We don't use all this information. Our brain and consciousness (what ever that is) filter the information. So at any one time we are receiving just the information we need to complete a task ( or as our brains were programmed to do survive)
This iswhere my brain starts to boil. Oh i get the general drift of the science, but the intricacies seem to branch off into philosophy and questions about the very fabric and nature of reality very quickly. And if you know me you'll know I love those rabbit holes too much.
So we can accept that the brain filters out 'non essential' information to allow us to function. This means or strongly suggests that my experience of the world is due to a set of filters different to your set of filters. But why artists as censors. As artists and indeed any one working in any creative field, or anyone trying to communicate to some one else, wechannel our ideas, sculpt them to fit the window we wish to show the world. To do this it is necessary to act as a censor. To actively filter out the information that distracts from or clutters our ideas.
As artists we censor our view of reality to construct a new view point that will have to work it's way through the filters of relevance in the minds of our audience.
That brings me on to my thoughts about meaning and semantics. But I'll leave those as thoughts and ideas unfiltered for you consumption, brewing in my little hairy Irish noggin.
Stay safe, take risks and watch out for stray syntax.
If my very genralised reading of the science here is questionable please let me know and fill me in. Either with a stern talking to, or by providing some friendly and easily digestiblelinks, preferably audio, (not video, I'm usually in the cave painting or looking after kids or just relaxing with the Milky one, so video does not get watched) Geez I'm demanding. Podcasts are ace!