April 15, 2002 05:01 PM
I think I'm going to be ill.
Maybe I'm overreacting, but this "art fights back" site makes me physically ill. I'm not kidding about that. It's not a hyperbole, even. I think it's that I expected something much different than it is.
What it is, of course, is Middle America being everything Middle America is stereotyped as being. Art that challenges nothing. Art that is propaganda, not even art, not even propaganda for change. Propaganda for How Things Are.
I should really calm down. It's just a bunch of design companies in Des Moines with eh, whatever websites. But damn it, they took a perfectly valid domain name, a name with a thousand beautiful connotations, and junked it up with their non-art non-fighting propaganda. And this makes me very, very angry. And very, very sad. Maybe, with a less viciously wrong domain name, I could appreciate the charmingly tacky vintage stylings of their death posters. Maybe if they called themselve www.propagandafortoday.com.
[You know, it's really tempting to change cuntzilla.org to propagandafortoday.com. Like I need another project.]
I don't know. I think I'm pushed further to the left every day. I can't help it; I'm an artist. And an activist.
Because I do think art has a responsibility. To be something more than decoration on the lives of the wealthy. Art has a responsibility, at least, to make its patrons question themselves and, at best, to integrate itself into the lives of people in general as a constant, questioning force.
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That, thank you, is art fighting back. Also known as art's purpose.
your wicked thoughts
Hakim Bey calls it Poetic Terrorism. i have the link at home, i think you will like the essay very much..........or you could google if you dont want to wait a few hours for me to get home :)
these are the thoughts of eris on April 15, 2002 05:30 PM
the link-o for you
these are the thoughts of poetic terrorism on April 16, 2002 12:16 AM
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