Give the masses access to cheap creative tools and you wont have to wait long before they use them to express themselves in ways you never imagined, but does the democratisation of creativity lead to better culture or will great art become drowned in a sea of mediocrity? PressPausePlay, the debut feature from David Dworsky and Victor Köhler travels the world to poise this question to leading artists and thinkers across the realms of art, film, music and literature. I caught up with David and Victor at SXSW to discuss their position on the amateur/professional scale.

PressPausePlay (2011)

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.

We’re not making a film about something that happened 10 years ago, where everyone knows exactly how everything went. We made a snapshot of today & tried to portray the mood & feel of the different sides.

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