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Who is faking it: artists or activists, or both? | 11 comments
[new] don't confuse artists with the 'art world' (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#7)
by qpdoll on Wed May 7th, 2003 at 11:48:13 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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Hi all...

I'm just digging through all this, and a little confused by the thread and curious about some of the assumptions.

I sometimes make poltical software projects, either on my own, or in groups. a couple years ago, i made a piece of software called CueJack, which i distributed on the web. Eventually some art people heard about it, and some of them put CueJack in art museums. Personally, I don't make political projects to go in art museums, and I'm kinda suspicious of anyone who does. Ok, and to be honest, I'm kinda wary of art musuems too. On the other hand, I don't think art museums should be excluded as venues for exhibiting political projects. Art museums are public places, and you hit some people there you don't hit on the net or on the street, so I say, what the halibut, why not? I'm sure never going to make something for the purpose of putting it in a museum - I don't think it's a broad enough distribution channel on its own. But if the museum people want to show things, I am not going to be a snobby dolly and tell them they're not hip enough to show political stuff just cause they're art sno^H^H^H curators.

On the other hand, there can be problems in cases where a) the museum exploits political work and the political work thus becomes reduced to hype or b) artists, in their quest for art world validation, craft projects for hype rather than political value. However, in this doll's opinion, these specific situations should not become an excuse to dismiss all political artists (or even all art museums.)

Keep your head facing forward, and keep reaching beyond your ears...
-qp doll

Who is faking it: artists or activists, or both? | 11 comments


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