if artists cannot be free to speak their mind, then we are in dire shape.
the academy was built as a safe haven for free-thinking, not as a factory, a machine demanding obedience and labor. but that is what it has become. we are all being absorbed by a machine consciousness. every time we are on the phone with a human being telling us ‘i know it’s not fair, but i cannot change the computer, we are submitting to a machine’s laws, the laws of increasing levels of labor and stress, with decreasing rewards.
perhaps it is regressive for artists to be interested in big questions, with the law, with truth, but then again at least they were free from concerns about career, they had BALLS!, even the girls, they had the guts to confront reality with their flawed theories. that is humanity at its best. we need that again, we need to resuscitate that spirit, before we surrender completely to the kind of relativism where even the individual does not exist, has no opinions even about his/her own rights. i think that has already happened.
did we fight for hundreds of years, as artists, for creative freedom, did we fight against conservative approaches to art, conservative approaches to life, did we fight against tradition and expectations for this? for a commodification of that very thing we love the most, art? right when we had absolute freedom to explore anything as artists, did we turn it into a machine to make slaves out of young peoples’ dreams? is that progress?
i don’t buy it.