Perhaps the greatest artistic challenge for the new generations of artists and poets who are now growing up in the ruins of modernism and postmodernism will be to build upon what the artists of the past have done, listen to the scientists, learn - as did our mythical predecessors Solomon and Orpheus and Taliesin and Vyasa - the language of plants and animals and stones, and create a grand channel of metaphorical and narrative commerce between ourselves and the rest of nature. No enterprise could be more enriching to both the human economy and the divine.I think we are on the cusp of an extraordinary cultural renaissance, fuelled by the Cognitive Surplus I reflected on in my last post. The evolving fusion of our innate artistic impulses with emerging new tools for creativity will be as impactful as were those of the printing press and the invention of radio and television. And the new creativity will create new industries alongside it, with new opportunities for job and wealth creation.
Here's just one example (ht, appropriately enough, The New Scientist):