Effort, it is just so over rated.
All that hard work you see people doing, learning how to use their tools & developing their own techniques
Surely you can just download it (whatever ‘it’ is) and apply a few ‘gestures’
And then savour the results of all your non-work?
What prompted such sardonic comments? Well two things…
First was a rant a friend made, who had been working at a highly acclaimed Art school
(yes, that is art with a capital A) & after suffering in silence for a couple of years finally quit.
His rant was to do with ‘work’ i.e. getting your hands dirty, breaking a sweat etc… It seemed to him that one of the newer processes of conceptual artists is the idea of de-skilling.
For example, a conceptual artist might have the ‘idea’ of creating a sculpture made say from granite. But thanks to the concept of de-skilling there is no need to actually learn how to sculpt granite, as the ‘you can just download it’ = ‘I am a conceptual artist, someone else can do that work for me.’
The second was from being lulled into watching a mind numbing demo on youtube of a new ‘EDM generator’ for Kontakt, I won’t embed it – I just cannot stand to. But here is a link, which is cued up to the moment where I threw up in my mouth a little bit.
Who knows, maybe both issues are simply framing issues for me…
& in some form of reality somewhere, there is no merit to getting your hands dirty.
So why bother?
Unfortunately I strongly suspect the instant gratification provided by the non-work/no effort
clean hands approach may also equate to banality, simply because while your conscious mind is focused on getting your hands dirty, a form of evolution is happening in your subconscious which no amount of instant gratification can replace. YMMV.