Within the last 20 years We have found ourselves placed directly in the middle of a reality that certainly cannot be conceived as part of our natural universe. The processes can be overwhelming and exponential. Mostly everyone who works in a technological field is familiar with the feeling of burnout. You have hit a wall your eyes are blurry; software can only translate so much of what you are trying to say and worst of all your creativity has come to a complete standstill. So, what is the solution? Is there a solution at all? Or do we just accept this as a technological or even philosophical limitation? Recently while talking to a friend over zoom, he asked whether or not I dreamed about the digital aspects of my existence, a very interesting and thought-provoking question. It would make perfect sense for the activities that consume more than half of my waking life to make at least a subtle appearance in my dreams. But of course, I have never witnessed anything involving cellular devices or 3d models, point clouds, databases, programming languages, layout grids, or anything associated with a digital alter ego in my dreams. He mentioned that “it is almost like these things don’t exist in our subconscious” I considered that there may be a lot of truth to this statement. Continuing on with my day I became determined to link this new discovery to my own struggles with inspiration and creativity. I wondered if perhaps this realization is what lies at the base of our burnout and limited frustration.
Dreams are said to be a built-in problem-solving device for the human psyche. While we dream our subconscious solves complex problems we cannot deal with on a conscious level or in our daily lives. If we cannot find a solution in the subconscious mind, the true center of all imagination and creative thought. If we cannot dream in digital, then where exactly is the solution to be found? How can we expect to solve problems or create something new in a digital space by staring at a blank screen and hoping for the best?
Perspective is Everything – Reflection is the Antidote
Speaking from experience, I have found the answer to be simple. We must take another approach and turn to the source of our imagination. Observe the natural world. Don’t just step outside but develop a new mindset. Try to solve the problems of nature, think about the complexities as if they were a creative problem on your computer screen, breathe the air, relax and appreciate. Technology up to this point has been developed by the human mind, and the natural world has always been our most profound and direct inspiration. Does it not make sense to reference this source while we are trying to develop our own new ideas, or to move on from old ones no matter how big or how small? Try to remember that in nature nothing is insignificant. Study the human experience (even your dreams) with wonder, and I’m positive that this will at least help to alleviate some of your confusion. Hopefully enough to provide you with a new perspective in your creative pursuits within the digital realm.