Friday, April 26, 2013

Tarkovski on Arts, Solitude and Life

I don't care much about these TED videos that people share on their facebook accounts or any other network that could be something much similar, but finding this video on youtube I encountered with an enlightened person whose name is Andrei Tarkovsky. The director whose works not only full of exquisite shoots, but meaningful passages that will make you scream in your brain evey time you will watch. A simple question and answer video with Tarkovsky's thoughts on art, youngsters, their experiences and life. Sometimes I consider Tarkovsky as a zen buddhist or just a person who knows much of it. But as zen buddhism is nor religion nor philosophy, life style or hipster movement I have no need in calling him so. What to tell more? Just watch it. Maybe no more could be said.

Some extracts from video:

"What is art?
: Before defining art or any concept we must answer a far broader question. What’s the meaning of man’s life on earth? Maybe we are here to enhance ourselves spiritually. If our life tends to this spiritual enrichment, then art is a means to get there. This is in accordance with my definition of life. Art should help man in this process. Some say that art helps man to know the world like any other intellectual activity. I don’t believe in this possibility of knowing; I am almost an agnostic. Knowledge distracts us from our main purpose in life. The more we know the less we know; getting deeper, our horizon becomes narrower. Art enriches man’s own spiritual capabilities and he can then rise above himself to use what we call ‘free will’."

"What would you like to tell young people? 
: I don’t know… I think I’d like to say only that they should learn to be alone and try to spend as much time as possible by themselves. I think one of the faults of young people today is that they try to come together around events that are noisy, almost aggressive at times. This desire to be together in order to not feel alone is an unfortunate symptom, in my opinion. Every person needs to learn from childhood how to be spend time with oneself. That doesn’t mean he should be lonely, but that he shouldn’t grow bored with himself because people who grow bored in their own company seem to me in danger, from a self-esteem point of view."

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