Much art that I have seen of late has a very strong socio-political component.
I question how effective , though well intended, this work actually achieves.
I realize we are in a world of great and rapid change. A world where virtually any scenario could reveal itself, from the most dire and apocalyptic to the most utopian and Pollyana. However much of what I see seems more like reportage, a reportage that tends toward preaching to the converted. This converted population, that although aware, tends to have an emotional temperature running toward cynicism, malaise and depression.
Art also has the capability to lead towards celebration, inherent in this is the same impulse that indicates all possibilities, that supports fundamental movements of gratitude, mystery and harmony. These are equally fertile areas to address the social and political issues of our times.
Art can be the visual component of story. And there are a lot of stories, instructive emboldening and sustaining stories.
TALKOS : red or green was an installation and performance piece loaded with props.
Paper sculptural tacos and their contents served as jumping off points for conversation and discussion, an “a la carte for conversation”. I offered a “free sample” – a quote on a strip of red or green paper, and asked the recipient to please read it aloud. This initiated a conversation about some aspect of economics. It may have been historical, present day, or how economics may shape into the future. I feel that we are in the middle of an industrial revolution that is going to shape society, politics, and economics for generations to come.
I have a reserved optimism and sought to share that with participants in TALKOS. I also wanted to hear what they think may be happening in this context.
It was fun to meet people who understood and to some degree or another were able to add to the conversation. We generally felt a sense of hope. Some began somewhat pessimistic about the future but were able to see that maybe, just maybe things could manifest in unexpected and positive ways. One thing did surprise me, There are people out there that are so invested in their pessimism that they reacted to my actual data as though I was a crack pot. They actually seemed to get mad at me, walked away in some funk of disgust or discomfort at having encountered a kind of lunatic . But what if I am right? What if work does become obsolete?