Or the tail wagging the dog? Food art catastrophe causes international firestorm over art funding.
Amidst laughter and merriment from onlookers and her staff, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Minister of Culture in Sweden, feeds the genitalia from a cake depicting a naked African woman to the artist, Makode Aj Linde, who created the work.
So, a lot of dog wagging this morning! It is National Arts Advocacy Day in the United States, but this story from *Saturday in Sweden* surfaces TODAY showing some very bad decision making and artistic choices….hmmmm. What to do? Get active for the arts, especially discussions about the process and practice of art making.
You can watch the days event in Washington by following this link: http://www.artsusa.org/events/2012/aad/default.asp
The usual petition for the NEA is circulating today, with info to call your representatives in Washington. Flood the offices with calls, send emails, but make sure that you find and participate in artist-led discussions. Poor artistic choices are more a comment on the community around (or absent from) an artist’s life than on the artistic merit of the artist’s work. Though an artist may intend one thing, expansive or constrictive, if his or her world is walled off from larger discussions shaping the world, the force of their actions/art will be completely miscalculated.
I’ve had enough of these “oops” moments. I’d like to introduce you to people who are artists willing to critique their own practice in the midst of their neighbors, students, friends and non-artist colleagues. To that end I am curating a lecture series for Show Box LA called Wild Mind. Our first discussion is with Cari Ann Shim Sham* & David Roussève, two dancer-choreographers are pushing our understanding of the role of screens and moving images in culture and movement. May 5th, 3:30 PM at The Electric Lodge in Venice CA. More information can be found here: http://ymlp.com/z8eCVl
Still from Two Seconds After Laughter, a film by David Roussève, featuring Sri Susilowati
The Gesture & The Citizen
This series is part of a web course I’ve developed, The Gesture & The Citizen, to support intense (minus the acrimony) discussions around art, innovation, and society, with an emphasis on dance arts in particular. I host a Friday session at http://www.bigmarker.com/GestureandCitizen called the Weekly Stroll. This week, I’d like to talk about the gesture of consumption, of eating art, the other as defiant, disasterous, disabling. If we want art that moves us, challenges us, creates us in a new and useful light, we best understand how to create an environment to make that possible. Otherwise, expect the cannibals.