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Hey Guys,

Loved the telegraph this week. Some great minds out there. And some far better writer’s than myself, thankfully.

Just wanted to drop a final word to see if I can make it any clearer what my ramblings are all about. And to make my point I think it might be worthwhile to remark on what I see as similarities with the Darren Aronofsky film “Mother”.

Both Westworld and Mother I believe are critiques of the current relationship between an artist and their audience, bear with me.

The drive of an artist/creator is to create, and given enough freedom should evolve and invent and create a better world. But an artists freedom is restricted by the demands of their audience, who’s drive is to consume. An effectual artist learns the rules in order that they may break them, whereas the audience learns the rules so that they may judge the relevance of the art.

Art reflects life, but if life only reflects the accepted notion of art, then what is left for art to reflect? Do we not end up with art as an ever decreasing circle? Getting closer to the centre of the maze? Can art become self aware? Ha!

What happens when art reaches the centre of the maze? Revolution. Destruction. Creation.

The world has never been more saturated with so called art, but the vast majority is Warhol prints. I’m not dismissing Warhol, he was probably the last artist to reach the centre of the maze, everybody else is just following his path to the centre of HIS maze.

But I believe Aronofsky, and Nolan are on their own journeys. They are ignoring their narratives and risking their own artistic destruction, in order that they may truly create.

Mother was a terrible film, and Westworld is a terrible TV show. They both, to an extent, fail to satisfy the audience’s expectations. But that is what makes them tremendous works of art in their specific medium. They attempt to make the audience question their very own expectations of art, of ourselves, of everything. Because we judge everything based upon our expectations of humanity but we rarely question the reality of those expectations, or their foundation.

And that brings me back to the black hat/white hat question.

It is the first choice of any consequence. It sets the tone for the observations, of the guest. This would be a good time to mention the rise in popularity of psychologist Jordan Peterson. I have watched with interest, a number of his lectures and I have noticed that his branch of psychological thinking is based on the assumption that everybody was raised on Disney movies. Maybe that would explain the revelation that humans can be boiled down to just 10000 lines of code.

Anyway, thinking makes me tired and typing bores me, so I’m gonna leave it there.

I’d love to hear any thoughts you have on my ramblings, even if it is just “Pleeeease, shut up!” Or if you have any questions I’m more than happy to try and answer. I really think I’m onto something with this.

And on a different matter, Isn’t it about time you did Shaton the movies on 70s films? Please. Then you could do Little Big Man.

Cheers
Stan.

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1 Response

  1. Gene Lyons says:

    “The drive of an artist/creator is to create, and given enough freedom should evolve and invent and create a better world. But an artists freedom is restricted by the demands of their audience, who’s drive is to consume. An effectual artist learns the rules in order that they may break them, whereas the audience learns the rules so that they may judge the relevance of the art.”

    If you’re right, and this notion applies to “Westworld,” we can derive another layer of pleasure and meaning from the show.

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