Tag Archives: opinion

Quick simplification of UK economics

Can be found in the first paragraph of this article:

From The Guardian

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Art: Is it all me, me, me?

If your looking for an answer to this question, I will tell you now. I do not know for sure but I can offer an opinion. We would know the answer if we could figure out an even deeper routed philosophical question. Is there such a thing as a selfless act?

I’m not even going to bother with ins and outs of that specific question. Bringing it back to question in the title, the answer is NO. Art is not all me, me, me. Though many artists would have you believe otherwise.

An artists work (an embodiment of their ideas) are in my opinion, a balance between the internal (self, ego, interpretation, opinion etc) and the external (everything else in the world that influences us). This balance may vary dramatically.

Even the best attempts at making selfless work still have some sort of artistic input. The Boyle family still chose darts to throw, a map to hit and the medium of casting.

Social and political art is by nature, swaying towards the external. Of course there will always be the influence of the internal and critics will often use this to undermine social, political or protest art (as well as other criticism), but what is prevalent is that not all art is me, me, me. There are people out there making art on the basis that they want to help influence mindsets or make a comment that goes beyond exploring ‘me’, some existential question or art in itself.

Now I want to make, encourage and spread social, political, ‘external’ art (and media) and maybe the subconscious part of me knows that it’s because I want to feel good in myself at some level, but I know I do so because I feel the world needs to see an alternative side other than being presented everyday. Though this could be argued against purely on number of ‘I’s in the previous sentence. Or even more so, based on the fact that I linked my own blog when mentioning the Boyle family.

What I do know is I will continue to show/make etc work based on the influence of others on me and then hopefully me on others so that in the end people can make their own, democratic decisions. And that sentence include a few “me’s” and “I’s” but will still argue that it is not all me, me, me. Make up your own mind and come to your own conclusions.

In doing so you might to browse some social or political art.

http://www.socialpoliticalart.com/

Or if your thinking it doesn’t matter what the topic is because its all about taste, genre, style, medium etc… then I may do a write up about that. On MY blog 😉

 

Which I have now done: http://bobwinton.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/specific-to-my-own-work/

Anonymous Activists – The Mystery Continues….

Anonymous. What a topic. The, ‘brothers and sisters’ are mysterious, ambitious and have a very interesting presence and style. I can see why the aesthetic of their videos and imagery can seem appealing. It is important to remember not be drawn in by this alone. Critics of anonymous argue that people seem to be following them, ‘’like sheep,’’ caught up in the, ‘’stick it to the man’’ attitude. In this argument followers of Anonymous are played out as hypocrites.  

                                                                                             I think the true thing to remember however, is that Anonymous don’t necessarily have a, ‘’stick it to the man’’ attitude and are always encouraging people to think for themselves as they are not united under one solid ideology or faith etc. Their targets are decided in a democratic fashion on their forums and any peaceful attack on a corporation is backed up with reason and in the case of Sony, backed up by demands. These reasons have a tendency to relate directly to restrictions of freedom and perverse actions of justice.

Anonymous claims to be a unification of people believing in a flexible idea of activism, as oppose to a fixed group or super-hacktivists that mainstream media likes to portray. Does this mean that I am a member for agreeing with their actions to date? Or are you a member for not disagreeing? I would not consider myself a member but they have no members, so until the day they carry out actions that I disagree with, I have no choice. I am anonymous by default. This way of thinking about it is shown clearly in the, ‘’How to Join’’ video.

Watch some of their videos and make up your own mind. In browsing a few of them you will probably come across ‘The Plan.’ This is another very intriguing aspect of Anonymous and phase 2 and 3 of ‘the plan’ should be interesting to say the least. Again, find out for yourselves. Make up your own mind.