Art direction and Styling
Inner Vision, Stefano Russo con Siens Eye Code
The photos above come from an editorial I worked on as an art director and stylist for a Collaboration Mastered project hosted by @MasteredHQ.
The best entries will be selected and published online on I-D magazine.
The brief given was "The future belongs to outsiders", and I was personally inspired by Marvin Minsky.
Marvin Minsky has been one of the pioneers in studying Artificial Intelligence, and we owe to him the fact that this discipline is now an independent research field and has attracted so many scholars.
His studies about how the brain functions revolutionized what was thought befor him.
I have always been interested in the studies about artificial intelligence in general, but I did never read one of his books, and I didn’t know he also collected ideas about how the mind and thinking work on a pure conceptual level.
One night, only a few days after I decided to apply for the project, I stumbled on his page online and I've started reading “The society of mind” and I couldn't stop until finished in the morning.
The more I did read, the more I could see connections whithin some of his findings and some very haunting reflections about age and age fluidity I'm doing lately.
"This book tries to explain how minds work.
I'll call Society of Mind this scheme in which each mind is made of many smaller processes. These we'll call agents. Each mental agent by itself can only do some simple thing that needs no mind or thought at all. Yet when we join these agents in societies — in certain very special ways — this leads to true intelligence."
Basically if the mind is not the monad we think it is, but it is instead a bunch of processes which can be named and individually examined, wouldn’t this be the reason that explains both how and why this age-blending phenomenon is happening? And isn’t it technology the factor which makes this possible?
I will explain myself better: technology exposes us to an ocean of informations and inputs, and everyone of us can expand and delve into a specific concept becoming completely briefed about it's process. Twenty years ago you would have needed to go to the public library, subscribe to printed publications and so on, and this would have been a very long and time consuming practice, and not nearly as effective as today, where instead you can order a thousand e-books online, download softwares, view a million video tutorials, hear interviews, and get the same amount of knowledge in a fraction of the time. That's how now all of a sudden a kid can evenly talk with an adult , if of course they both happen to connect on a process they have been researching on. Same time adults are exposed to youth coulture for a much longer time and in a more deeper way than before, and this, other than putting them in condition to communicate with younger generations seamlessly, leads them to create streams of thoughts and products which are in a sense younger than before, and in turn influence youth culture again, producing a spiral of permanenent contamination that spins faster and faster towards a complete horizontal flow whitin ages, genders, entire cultures.
Now everything is happening on the cognitive level, but I can't even imagine what will happen when the virtual reality will expand, and we will all be exposed not only to data, but to experiencing processes in an agumented way.
This is certainly a view which is only inspired by Minsky, but I’m sort of imagining him blinking at me while I write.
I hope you enjoyed the output of this concept.