Poetic Thinking and The Future
I’ve recently been pondering three questions at the intersection of ‘Poetic Thinking’ and ‘The Future’.
First, to the extent that Poetic Thinking has the potential to change how we think and relate to ourselves, it seems worthwhile to consider the ways it might have a hand in shaping the future (of individuals or culture at large). However, it’s not clear to me how this question relates to the question of how art, more generally, shapes the future. Perhaps all art that appreciably effects the future is, by virtue of this effect, Poetic Thinking. Or, if not, how do these two questions come apart?
Another question worth exploring is the extent to which existing creations that don’t currently strike us as having the potential to give rise to Poetic Thinking might emerge as having this potential in the future. For instance, the Book of Miracles about which I recently posted seems a potential site for Poetic Thinking today—but was this true when it was first produced? Or were the miracles it presents all understood by its audience to fit into a biblical/apocalyptic narrative of which they found themselves at the center? It seems to me that video games may turn out to be a contemporary example of this emergent fecundity.
Finally, what about the creation of new mediums through which Poetic Thinking can be expressed? Science fiction seems a good place to look for possibilities in this realm. Perhaps terraforming? Or the art of skimming across cultural eons through advanced cryogenics?
Since I haven’t offered much in the form of answers, I’ll at least leave you with something more succinct:
- In what ways can Poetic Thinking shape the future?
- How and where might existing creations emerge as sites for future Poetic Thinking?
- What new mediums will make novel forms of Poetic Thinking possible in the future?