Jan 1, 2015
commented on Why the Artist Should Not Be Our Example for Citizenship
More silly troll bait.
The corporate state does not actually encourage or advocate people becoming artists.
Instead, they tell you that you should forego healthcare, a pension, job security, and political participation because you might win the lottery.
Instead of spending 20 years perfecting your craft, and then setting your own hours and prices, as an artist does, they dangle the idea that anyone can be plucked from drudgery at any time, and be a WINNER,
Of course, literally, as in real lotteries and gambling.
But virtually every sector of capitalist labor works on similar principles-
Sports, for example, where a million or two kids every year sincerely believe they will get one of those 40 odd slots in the NBA.
Or music, where no talent, practice, musical ability, or work is required- you simply must be able to rap, or sing, the lyrics provided to you in front of the corporate beat.
Or the tech industry- a hundred million drones, all with the idea that they, too are just as smart as Zuckerberg.
After all, he didnt write code- he just had an idea.
Every kid in science class in school is told- write an app. They dont tell them, learn to paint in oil perfectly.
Then, we have the screenwriter- just come up with an idea, over a glass of wine, and "pitch it". Soon, you too will be taking meetings, living in the hollywood hills, and driving a leased BMW.
none of these glittering goals require real work, learning, or diligence- they are all magical rewards, aimed at the teenage mentality.
Teenagers of all numerical ages are willing to accept republican rule, with libertarian buzzwords, because, deep in their hearts, they know they will win, that they are deserving.
The final proof is that, while no actual marketing of the artistic lifestyle actually happens, even artists are targets of the lottery winner model- millions of starving artists are told, keep working for nothing, and, someday, Gagosian will pluck you from the crowd and anoint you with wealth and fame.
Even artists are fed this bowl of capitalist slop.
Nov 6, 2014
commented on Rodrigo Valenzuela Wins Artist Trust's Biggest Award After Having Lost Its Smallest Award Many Times
While I agree with a lot of what he says here, particularly about museums and curators, I would point out that you dont "lose" at Artists Trust.
I have been on the Gap grant jury twice, over the last 12 or so years, and I can tell you there is no interference from Artist Trust staff, in terms of selection of the artists who get the grants. The jurying is almost exclusively by the strength of the images, videos, or written material.
But- and, its big but, and, as PeeWee says, we all have one- the artists selected are a compromise between the members of the jury.
The juries I have been on have been pretty inclusive of different geographical areas, genders, and ethnic and racial backgrounds- and those ranges of jurors still had huge differences esthetically.
I argued hard for artists, and still lost, sometimes, because, say, one juror might have been a fan of traditional painting, or of B&W photography, or a dancer, or a poet- and, thus, had completely different ideas about what "art" was, and what "good" was.
This is inevitable on any jury, but the very fact that Artist Trust tries so hard to empanel varied jurors makes it even harder.
Several times, the current "hip" artist in Seattle was completely unintelligible to someone whose experience was in community based arts education in Eastern Washington, say.
So, in short- its the luck of the draw, not some mysterious prejudices against Valenzuela.
Nov 5, 2014
commented on Song of the Day: Killah Priest's "From Then Till Now" From Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog
Bombed out Ghettos are, unfortunately, still a fact in many american cities. No, not in the high tech white wonderland that is Seattle- but I just spent a week in Baltimore, and, believe me, the Wire is still alive there. There are plenty of bombed out neighborhoods there, and across the Rust belt, in Milwaukee, Detroit, across Ohio and PA.
Certainly, Jarmusch does tend to a bit of ruin porn and disaster tourism, as seen by setting his latest movie partly in Detroit. But outside of the glowing paradise of the West Coast, there is still a huge amount of poverty, abandoned buildings, and lack of Starbucks across america.