Note — Nov 20, 2022

Brian Eno Reveals the Hidden Purpose of All Art

Q&A with Brian Eno at the NYT, on the occasion of the release of his latest album. Of course, Eno being Eno, the conversation is wide-ranging with good insights on art, intelligence on the planet, the atomization of everything, and “a hard ride for maybe half a century.”

We don’t find uncertainty charismatic. Uncertainty doesn’t work for anybody very well, because in general the media don’t appreciate people like that. I would like to cultivate a charisma of uncertainty, a charisma of admitting that you’re making it up as you go along. […]

There has never been more intelligence on the planet than there is now. Not only because there’s more brains than ever but there are also more augmentations of brains. There are more connections among all these brains. We’re in a sort of intelligence explosion. I hope. […]

What happens to humans when they multiply their feelings together? We’ve been so atomized over the last 50, 100 years and told that we have to have our own completely independent lives and that the real human is the one who can stand alone. The real human, to me, seems like the one who can support his neighbors and work with them. That’s a feeling that I pursue. Whenever I see it, I want to encourage it.