Technology, creativity and the adventures of Dot  

Posted by Denis Haack in , ,

Some have feared that the expanding world of technology would deal death to art, by providing artists tools that will allow them to skip the laborious tasks required for real creativity. I always believed that true artists would find ways to patiently subvert the technology to produce art in new forms. Nothing can shut off the creative impulse in people made in God’s image, and as the world seems to be increasingly caught up in disasters, violence, suffering, and oppression the need for beauty, creativity and art grows exponentially.

I will not explain in words what you will see in these two brief videos, since they say it so well that my words would be superfluous. They are brief, but dazzling reminders of why it is possible to be grateful for life even in a broken world.

Video #1 is “Nokia: Dot” [1.38 minutes]:

Video #2 is "Dot. The making of" [5.36 minutes]:

Thanks to our friend Meg Vinson for introducing us to these videos during a delightful conversation at Toad Hall.

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great videos: makes me think of Dorothy Sayer's essay on "Why Work?"

To work itself is a beautiful reflection of the creativity in us as the LORD's image-bearers. I suppose the stop-animation method could represent how work became toilsome after the Rebellion...just kidding.

and what wonderful useful applications of this technology of a microscope with the device!

April 4, 2011 at 10:34 AM

whoop! I'm honored by the shout out. Lovely to chat.

April 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM

You are so correct: a delightful and helpful invention, put to delightful, creative use. The best of natural grace in a fallen world.

April 5, 2011 at 11:28 AM

We're already scheming on how to get you to return for another visit. Loved our conversation.

April 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Denis, fascinating conjunction of imagination, creativity, and engineering. Thanks for sharing!

April 16, 2011 at 6:24 PM

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