Document Issue No. 19

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Winter 2021 Resort 2022

For Document’s 19th issue, we consider the possibilities and complexities of radical creativity in an age of rapid technological progress. Is creativity something you’re born with, or can it be synthetically produced? What is the place of romanticism and human emotion in an age governed by reason? Who are the gatekeepers of creativity’s next frontier? 

‘Creativity’ can be defined as both a material, technological invention, and as a theoretical disruption to our way of life. Over time, the distinction has become increasingly blurred. Scientific progress has historically gone hand-in-hand with periods of intellectual awakening. When Galileo first pointed a telescope skyward at the start of the 17th century, it wasn’t just a pivotal moment in the course of modern astronomy. The realization that Earth was not the center of the universe called into question everything about ‘reality,’ as our senses were capable of understanding it. This new unknowability is a vehicle for human progress. 

With Margaret Qualley, Kristen Stewart, Miles Greenberg, Charli XCX, Mario Sorrenti, Bianca Saunders, Holly Herndon, David Cronenberg, Oneohtrix Point Never, Holly Herndon, Craig McDean, Miranda July, Marina Abramović, Gus Van Sant, Sharna Osborne, Eric N. Mack, and more.