‘In the future, everyone will want to be anonymous for fifteen minutes’

Banksy reversed the Warhol quote so it fits today's weather. 

“In the future, everyone will want to be anonymous for fifteen minutes.”

Banksy

“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” 

Andy Warhol

Needless to say, social media changed things. Going off the grid will be the new luxury. 

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‘My idea of a good picture is one of a famous person doing something unfamous’

"My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous. It's being in the right place at the wrong time." Andy Warhol #quotes #art

My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous. It's being in the right place at the wrong time.

Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol's exposures

Andy Warhol: ‘As soon as you stop wanting something you get it’

“At the times in my life when I was feeling the most gregarious and looking for bosom friendships, I couldn't find any takers, so that exactly when I was alone was when I felt the most like not being alone. The moment I decided I'd rather be alone and not have anyone telling me their problems, everybody I'd never even seen before in my life started running after me to tell me things I'd just decided I didn't think it was a good idea to hear about. As soon as I became a loner in my own mind, that's when I got what you might call a ‘following.' As soon as you stop wanting something you get it. I've found that to be absolutely axiomatic.”

The more authors a piece has, the less people like it

But in traditionally solitary art forms like painting and poetry, the more creators a piece has, the less quality it is perceived to have.

It turns out that there’s a greater chance someone will like your picture or poems if you write them yourself. Who said art was a team game?

Generation Z: Extreme DIY Culture

Generation Z wants to make and personalize their own stuff. They expect to download the essential pieces and mash up their own product.

Generation Y still wants to show off what they find. They set up blogs to curate interests; they dabble in apps like GarageBand to make music from scratch. Generation Y just wants the like.

Generation Z kids are digital creators, benefiting from the availability of handheld tools, endless information, and instant distribution. They expect to be famous, even for 15 minutes.

The new generation wants to create life through their screens, downloading the experience to make it their own.

Generation Z will go beyond beta, building and tweaking designs exactly to their vision to be enjoyed and consumed by themselves and their friends.

Mixed Expressions

“You should be a photographer, a writer,“ says everyone who doesn't understand how to take advantage of the apps on their phone or the Internet.

Everyone is creative today. It takes a second to apply a filter and a minute to set up a Tumblr or Twitter account. All you need is a sense of quality. If you know what good stuff looks like, you can recreate it.

People confuse mastery with the ease of art. There are professionals that do it for a living and amafessionals those that do it for fun. As soon as the wannabes start trying to monetize their art, the fun expression part collapses. The art and the medium become all about commerce.

Andy Warhol accurately predicted “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Digital marketing and creation takes far less effort than it once did.

In a world of ubiquitous tools and selfies, personal expression is a click away. We are what we share, but not necessarily much more.

Remain Skeptical

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Doubt on purpose.  Doubt in order to jump start different thinking and experiment, rising above the ordinary.

Narrow-mindedness is accepting things by default. Life requires diversity which begets progress.

Nevertheless, skepticism is only one step one in redefining existence.

Thinking different is a cop-out if there’s no creative work to back it up.

Skeptics are as equally as responsible as conformists.  They have to convert questioning into viable action. Naturally, the next is doing the work.

It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. – Scott Belsky

The biggest hurdle in any creative process though is communicating it effectively and converting the work into sales. Creativity is one part making and equal part commerce.

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. – Andy Warhol

If your work matters, then it’ll probably matter to others as you convince them to share your labor of love.

In summary, here are the steps to maximizing skepticism:

  1. Think Different.
  2. Take positive, creative action.
  3. Communicate effectively.
  4. Sell your idea/art.

Uniqueness is a prompt for action, not an excuse to sit back and mock what’s already been done.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things the matter. – Martin Luther King Jr.