> But the current situation is that the people who commissioned the work
> in the first place have invited the prostesters into the lobby to keep
> warm, in other words they have sprung an ambush on the artist without so
> much as a by your leave. In doing so, they have validated the protest
> (which is of course a political protest, not an art protest). And god
> knows where that leads us, as others have pointed out.
Here's where that leads us: we who make things will have to acknowledge
the extent to which we exist on a continuum of ideas and activities with
all those slogs who work at the mini-mart and those motherfuckers who
bought their kids robotic babies for Christmas.
I for one welcome a reinvention of art as it was practiced before those
bigoted modernists got their hands on it. Before there was some
presumption that art deserved to be situated apart, away and free from
harassment. Remember artists used to be thought of in the same category as
carpenters and locksmiths. We were all just people who made shit.
I have so much faith in art. I have so much faith in creation. I know that
it flourishes even in the most repressive political regimes (to wit,
Zimbabwe, Eastern Europe...think of the art Cuba has produced). I have so
much faith in art, and so much faith in the talent of Miss Jacir that I
believe her work can survive--can thrive even--in a riotous, noisy,
unpolished marketplace of ideas. And if it doesn't, well then so be it.
History has a way of disposing of that which is useless to it.
Cinque Hicks, aka MAZE the Low Reshttp://www.influxhouse.com
Electric Skin: Black Art and Techno-Culture News from the Front Lineshttp://www.electricskin.com