Tom Moody
Since 2002
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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MANIK makes a good point here, which is that political art usually means political art acceptable to the US liberal left.
Since 9/11 (if I can mention that date) I've been reading more writing by the non-Interventionist right.
One of their tenets is that the US Kosovo war was a warm-up for the Iraq war and that the liberal hawks provided cover for BushCo by supporting the idea of humanitarian war.
I was appalled by the bombing of Belgrade (I'm sure other bloggers were, too, Mike) but if I'd made some "political art" that said in effect "US Out of Kosovo, the Serbian Homeland" (and let's say it was fantastically clever and not just a slogan) would it have gotten to square one with any US arts funding entity?
What if I wanted to make political art saying "keep immigrants out of the US?" (The opposite of my belief--just a hypothetical.)
Because of this bias, and the simplicity of political art generally, I'd rather deal with such issues in written form, where a nuanced view can be developed. Sorry if that is insulting to anyone.
Duchamp was mentioned because he is the lingua franca of the International Gallery Art scene (which I'm told is now centered in Europe). "Do you know who Duchamp is?" is a litmus test all who would be artists must take. (I also happen to think he is more relevant than, say, Broodthaers, to 2.0 practice)

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M.River,
"If your path is making art on your blog and adding in your thoughts on the world and culture at large now and then. Great. Keep it up. But that is not the only path."

That's pretty reductive (and patronizing), but I understand things have gotten personal between you and me. (Tim, too, who's reduced to little "pranks"--pitiful.)

As you noted, no one else mentioned any of these "other paths" the night of the panel, including you. I put in my two cents and you don't agree with it. But fabricating comments you say I made ("I was the only one blogging on 9/11" or whatever) and saying artists were insulted by this is pretty low.


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And let's not forget

--"You’re THE guy that blogged about 911? What the FUCK.

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--"hipsters /= artists"

--"It's basically the same thing large groups of teenage goth nerds were doing with their liveJournal group blogs back in 2001, except now there's something forward-looking and radical about it having to do with pop culture, memes, semiotics, and the promotional skillz of Marisa Olson"

--"I think what may have upset some of the more process oriented artists who see computer language knowledge as a key to expression was being told they were an older version of something they really had no desire to be a part of"

--"ironically posting links to existing media with your friends on a group blog"


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You want examples?