I have always been interested in the way that technology changes the ways in which we both create and consume art. In fact last summer I sat down with Peaches to discuss the impact of new technologies such as garage band, and how they have lead to the revival of analogue culture (Check the interview out here).
After our conversation I was really inspired to find out more about how the digital revolution is impacting the arts. It was then that I first heard about PressPausePlay, a documentary that seeks to answer questions such as, “Is true talent flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture?” and “Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity?”
The film was shot between August 2009 and January 2011 and features interviews with some of our generation’s most influential creators including Moby, Seth Godin, Sean Parker, and Robyn.
“In the olden days of 30, 40, 50 years ago, people didn’t make things,” Moby says. “You know, like some people would go to photography exhibits, people would go buy records, and there were professional artists. And now everybody’s a photographer, everybody’s a filmmaker, everybody’s a writer, everybody’s a musician.”
PressPausePlay will debut at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Texas in March.
Personally I can’t wait to see it!