Thoughts on Abstraction in Arts
The need to think and imagine through art is, in my opinion, one of the most crucial elements of mind stimulation. Abstractive thinking that the interaction with art so generously provides, gives the ability to search for hidden marks, meanings, and depth of human nature. We particularly need it when the human mind urges its owner to get occupied with a mind crossword, a set of stimuli, and triggers that could activate the inner imagination and lead to active thinking. Art and interaction with it, especially with music, awakens my ears and mind to search for abstraction and receive it as it is (still an abstraction!) or attribute it with a certain shape that possesses additional meaning. My need for abstract thinking and abstractly perceiving art comes from the attitude towards active thinking and constant sound analysis. Maybe that is caused by the years of musical training I had since my childhood, or maybe my mind honestly finds pleasure in decyphering such sound crosswords and does not want to let them go.
With sadness, during the last decades of music development, I notice the overwhelming attitude towards simplifying art. The preference among the majority of listeners worldwide seems to be that they do not want to interact with high forms of art, do not find the need to live with it, and distill its endless treasures of knowledge. François Sarhan connects this attitude with the inevitable development of the world we live in, which results in a tendency towards simplification of things and international accessibility of the final product, no matter the message it brings with it:
"Music fades away, poetry fades away, art cinema fades away. They disappear because the evolution of the world has no place for these art forms. Music requires concentration, abstract thinking, which is very demanding. Rather, the world is evolving towards a different tendency - it makes everything accessible."
Even more drastically, he continues:
"The hermetic or abstractness of music is a matter of context and education. Music is considered hermetic and incomprehensible due to its inbreeding. People find it difficult for ten minutes to concentrate solely on Enno Poppe's music, but I think it will be just as difficult for them to listen to Beethoven's music in ten years. We have a similar correlation between the poetry of Shakespeare and, say, Allen Ginsberg. It is not the material of poetry that is difficult, but the poetry itself. Lots of surrounding stimuli make it impossible to concentrate on music or poetry itself."
How can we rescue the art from losing its depth and loosing the people that interact with art? Is it too late to do that, or do we still have a chance to change the matter of things? I believe that there are still many, who want to understand music, poetry, painting, and other art disciplines, who desire to discover the hidden messages of artworks, plotted inside them by their creators. In terms of music, I always strongly invite others to inquire about listening more, listening more accurately, and not be afraid to accept and challenge ourselves in the sounds we are not familiar with or not aware of musically. After all, an open ear and mind are the key to the world of music. Ruba'i still possesses the musical secrets to discover, and its sound can be a mind treasure map in the world of poetry plotted to music. It is up to you how you perceive and decipher this abstraction...