Saturday, November 20, 2010
Image created on Ipad.
I need to upgrade my computer ( Macbook or Imac? can't decide) so I visit the Apple store in Glasgow .
The place is heaving with young people , along with a sprinkling of oldies like myself.
I need sharp elbows to get to the machines. But a lifetime in newspaper journalism has equipped me with that and I am soon lost in the latest Apple dream machines.
Buoyed up with this vision of our digital world I stroll along to visit an exhibition which had good reviews.
But the gallery is empty despite it being a very busy Friday in the city . Not a good sign. I soon realise why.
After the moving images and inter-activity of the Apple store the work hanging on the walls looks, not to mince words, dead.
I am overcome with a tremendous sense of deja-vu.
The paintings just hangs there. They tell me nothing about the world I live in. In fact they could have been done 20, 50 or even 100 years ago.
It's said the average time spent in an exhibition is 45 minutes. I am in and out in less than ten.
Stunned I decide to visit my favourite bookshop, only to find it has been replaced by a mobile phone shop.
Welcome to the 21st century and the turbulent age we live in.
PS. Still undecided...do I need a laptop when I've got an ipad? but that's another story.