* and why it’ll never catch on
[via Valentina Tanni]
Stop expecting money and esteem from art. The role of the artist is to tell the truth.
The assumption that producing content is equivalent to producing art is absolutely false – it is the conceit of the content producer that a given photograph, string of words, or paint-on-canvas is meaningful and, therefore, “art” – consider artwork mistaken for garbage (and, as happens most often, vice versa).
To the untrained eye, many artists’ work might be mistaken for refuse: many well-pedigreed objets d’art can be considered over-valued (particularly should one consider the relative value of a $1.1m “piece” and the number of people facing malnutrition but for the lack of a dollar’s worth of calories, vitamins, and minerals) – and therein lies the truth no self-respecting artisté would utter.
In a nobler world, there’d be no need for such admonitions – but we’ve yet to see that nobler world and, barring the serendipitous discovery and magnanimous distribution of some as-yet-unimagined technology, the pursuit of such is ruinous.*
Meaning is conceit and greed is law while energy is a zero-sum game.
* … which is not to say that the pursuit of cultural adjustments in line with such developments is inappropriate – it is simply counter-productive to individual and cultural survival so long as other individuals and cultures cling to the regressive stratagems which have evolved from the demands of present-day energy availability (i.e. the limits we humans have yet to surpass or even, in the context of peak oil, fully acknowledge).