if art is to matter …

Continuing yesterday’s post – here is Alain De Botton, arguing for an instrumental use of art:  The idea that one might use art for a purpose, for “instrumental” reasons, tends to set off alarm bells. Art is not an instrument, comes the almost automatic reply. It shouldn’t be thought of as some kind of tool. It’s…

– rowing against the current

If you wonder what contemporary political art might look like, have a look at this: Antti Laitinen, Growler, 2009 video still … I tried to make a small iceberg, so throughout the winter I stored 7 cubic meters of snow inside a big styrofoam box. When the summer came, I took the snow out and brought it…