Friday, 12 August 2011
It is very symbolic that while in other parts of the world it seems like the patients have taken over the asylum, in Israel the protest took an unexpected turn and 150 artists have broken into the Tel-aviv museum for a sit-in, to protest that the museum is being run like an entertainment branch of the rich, and not as a cultural service for the people.
But…with markets crashing, people starving, useless wars everywhere and corruption up to our eyeballs, THIS is what they chose to protest?
Really? A bunch of left wing bleeding hearts commie artsy fartsy kids with round glasses I bet…
Or maybe, just maybe someone still hasn’t forgotten that this worldwide wave of protests is not about money. Not even about freedom. It is the sign of a paradigm shift brewing, a battle on our minds and our souls.
It is a battle on the real things in life, the last stand for dignity, for values, for real progress on all fronts, economic, social, cultural.
And then suddenly taking over a museum is not that bad of an idea after all. Artists are supposed to be the live wire through which life flows. They are supposed to be the pulse of a nation, the eyes that see what other refuse to see, the mouth that says what other are afraid to admit.
When the museums are sold out, what cultural barrier do we have? The tv has faithfully earned its name as the 'idiot box', the music industry killed any creativity in music, and you know if art is good by the artist's brand and the price tag.
When the museums are sold out, there is no place left for the 'alternative' view, for the oxygen artists need in order to create. The suffering artist myth is talking about internal combustion personal suffering, not being hit on the head by the overruling of the money managers.
Without free culture, we are indeed nothing but wild dogs. Maybe polite wild dogs, but nevertheless nothing but animals. Without a search for a higher meaning on the conceptual and visual level, we are stuck with our ipad on an eternal purgatory of nothingness.
Dear artists. Well done.
Maybe society forgot our calling.
maybe society forgot the importance of true inspiration.
maybe society doesn’t understand what art has to do in the 'free market'
The governments surely forgot long time ago.
But it is ok. Sometimes you forget important things.
sometimes you manage to forget them your whole life, until it is too late.
The nice thing about artists?
We NEVER go away.
We are used to being poor. We are used to being ignored.
like cockroaches , you can try to step on us for as long as you want,
but we are the ones who will survive the big one.
And we are here for one reason.to remind you.
to remind you what it is like to be really excited. What it is to wonder.
to remind you what it is like to squeeze life until the last drop and clean your chin with your sleeve.
to remind you how laughable the whole thing is.
to remind you how serious the whole thing is.
to remind you…. There is something more.
I send my blessings to these brave artists, and it doesn’t matter if they are good artists or not, if they are famous or not.
today, they did their job. And above all expectations.
They have reminded us that the museum IS our battlefield.
and we WILL fight until the last line, until the last verse, until the last scene.
we will remind in the theatres, we will remind in the concert halls, we will remind in the galleries.