“For real musicians there is a spiritual component to what they do thats got nothing to with worldly success. Their music is much more of an inner journey. Any other success is just frosting on the cake. There is the idea you can go on American idol and suddenly become a star, but if you bypass that spiritual work your success will be wafer thin."
—Sting speaking in the documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom”, 2013 (at 1:11:00)
Idea for a cartoon: There are two paintings hanging next to each other in a museum and they are conversing while watching viewers pass by. One painting says to the other "Sure, you can call them human if you want, but what do they really mean?"
I read an article about a computer that painted a perfect copy of a Rembrandt painting. I'm a big fan of the artist vs robot topic. I believe that very soon AI will not only be able to copy any artistic styles perfectly, it will also create its own styles that are unimaginable to humans, leaving human originality in question. However, robots will always have one major limitation compared to the human artist: Robots will never be able to create something beautiful as the result of their suffering.
It's a nice pop aphorism. But what Einstein actually said was "You cannot solve a problem at the same level of consciousness that it was created."
So how does this related to making art? The higher our level of consciousness, the easier it is to solve the toughest problems of art.