There is a close relationship between art and technology. We tend to forget this relationship, as if the materials and tools we use have been there forever, ignoring the fundamental roll of material along history. The subtle dynamics between innovation and mastery over the elements, has created a progressive and constant openness to new possibilities.
Think of the caves of Altamira. The paintings there were product of the discovery of mineral pigments by people of those times. From then until today, every technological advance produces a revolution in the arts of its time and a new form of expression, opening a new range of ways to communicate. Weaving a strong relationship where it is impossible to find out which came first, if there is even the need or the possibility to answer this question.
In a therapeutic context, while everyone is experimenting with different arts new ways to express emotions through different rhythms, textures, movements, colors, etc are found. Recreating the process of humanity seeking its own ways of communication. Knowing that each of these symbolic universes are available when required, following its own process.
As facilitators, our task is to provide and maintain the space in which those elections can be as organic and natural as possible.
As facilitators we also experience the challenge of leaving our comfortable space to find tools and materials that our consultants may need. We accept the dual task of not only the search for new tools or media, but also adapting them to our way of working, so it feels authentic and consistent with ourselves.
Nowadays new technologies are a crucial part of how we communicate. These new technologies are central in the lives of most people. This fact creates a new responsibility for us: to find why we need to express ourselves through these new technologies. What is that we need to express that requires these new technologies to express itself? The answer to this will lead us to accommodate and integrate technology therapeutic settings as a potential resource.
The conception of virtuality as something lacking life or reality is changing. The work of large communities as Wikipedia, TED, Linux and Creative Commons are clear examples of the inception of what now is understood by “virtual.” These large-scale enterprises reflect the global change of paradigm. As expressive language therapists, what is our way to accompany and assist in this change? How can our experience and work be part of it?
There are several projects that seek to bring artists to electronic and digital arts. Those who venture to give this step have options such as openFrameworks.cc , Processing.org and Arduino.cc to make this process easy and smooth.
This is a new horizon full of opportunities which also entails difficulties, such as promoting a sedentary lifestyle and alienation. Two subjects in which props, I think we can make great contributions from the expressive arts therapy. The invitation is open.
See you in Peru.