3 Simple Yet Profound Ways That Metaverse Has Made Me More Creative
Words by Luis Chavez
This sounds so cheesy but I’m an artist; I film, I photograph, I rap, I paint, and I always try to push myself to innovate. If you’re anything like me, then you are someone who never really knows when that spark of creativity will strike, and you know that getting into “the zone” is one of the most rewarding experiences out there. On the other hand, when I hit a creative roadblock, it stalls me, like a dull blade trying to cut through a squishy tomato.
To combat these roadblocks I like to go outside and walk around so that I can orient myself to the real world. It can be tough being on the computer for extended periods of time so it’s good to get the blood flowing and I feel like I always get my best ideas when I can concentrate on something else and let my subconscious do the heavy lifting.
I’ve been using this new app called Metaverse and found that it actually helps to jog my creativity. That’s because I never know what I’m going to run into when I’m on my walks.
I Discovered A Contemporary Art Museum
On one of my walks I was in Los Angeles working in a cluttered office space. I had been reviewing footage all day. I walked around and noticed a small map character with eyes on my Metaverse map.
When I walked towards it I noticed a big canoe art piece in the real world that I had never seen before, even though I had walked this block several times before.
Turns out, I had discovered the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. I went inside and found art pieces from local artists and found some contemporary pieces that actually inspired the art style in the film we were editing.
Meanwhile I’m freaking out & thinking, “How did it know I liked art?” & “How was it possible that there was a museum so close to me and I hadn’t even noticed it?”
As soon as I walked in, I found a whole new world of art to draw inspiration from. Immediately, I had to get back, because it was time to keep editing.
I Found Art That Was No Longer There
On another walk I found what looked to be a graffiti painting, except it had since been washed off of the wall that it was originally placed on.
This was the first time I ever encountered Virtual Street Art. As artists, we are constantly reminded that what we do is fleeting. Art lives in the moment through individual experience.
I don’t know why this piece made me feel so special, but I think it’s because it reminded me to persevere, just like this artist did when his painting was taken down.
I was also intrigued by the irony that despite this being taken down, it is now permanent in the Metaverse at the location it was placed, which made me wonder: Are there more virtual street artists out there?
Now I am making my own Virtual Street Art that you can find on your inspiration walks! The best part is that it doesn’t show usernames, which makes it more about the art than the person.
It Turned Something Old Into Something New
I was walking in the park and stumbled upon a picture of a painting. I knew I had seen this painting before but couldn’t put my finger on it.
The painting asked me “What are you doing back here again?” as if we had seen each other before. I replied with “I don’t believe we have met.” and then it said something curiously profound. It said, “We have. In another life. I just know it.”
As it turns out I had seen this image before. This is a famous painting: A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Edouard Manet. I had seen it at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London during my time studying abroad.
I couldn’t believe it. A piece of art in Metaverse triggered a memory that I had stored from years ago. This moment gave me inspiration because it reminded me that art is an interpretation of the subconscious. It takes every experience we have processed, and then reinterprets it as it fits into our lives.
I am now creating my own pieces of Virtual Street Art in Metaverse. You may run into something I’ve made, but you will never know. And that’s the whole point. Hopefully it will give you inspiration on your creative walks.
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