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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tao Wells Speech, at petcha Kutcha, when it was free to attend. 2009

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Tao Wells Speech, at petcha Kutcha, when it was free to attend. 2009
February 4, 2015 at 11:34am

so , um

Shakespeare said that the world was a stage
and, when we hear something like that, out of all the things that he said, that,
the reason why that  stands out is cause somehow that has the ring of truth to it,
somehow that, that,
that
makes
sense

There’s been a lot of people since who’ve come up with their own ideas.
um,
Warhol said “I am a machine”, Jackon’s Pollock said “I am nature”
they said a lot of things but those things in relation to their lives and their works
somehow they too, sounded real, sounded like “Oh my God, you’re right”!
Warhol you’re punching out canvases like a machine, you’re making those screen prints of those news items like a machine, you’re reflecting back the machine of our lives back to us, this thing that creates culture or whatever it is.

So, what I’m interested in is, a statement made by an Artist, round the 70’s
and the statement is “Everyone is an artist”.
was made by an artist, Joseph Beuys.
now that, when someone makes that statement, when Joseph Beuys makes that statement or anyone says that statement, for me, immediately it says ‘well if everyone is an artist, there really isn’t any artists, if we’re all artists there’s no art’ so it becomes like a meaningless statement. ahh

Now what I’d like to try and do is, is just kind of explore that statement for what I’ve (um) come to understand it to mean, from my 9 years of academic study and 10 years of practice as a public artist.

Now,
when; for me when Joseph Beuys said ‘every one is an artist’
what he’s trying to say there is that ‘yes there is a class of people,
there is a elite group, of people in this “systems of economy” that are trained to produce
“specialised”, or what I call ‘super commodities’, that are ‘art’.

And
that it is, it’s ridiculously unfair that the rest of us,
the rest of everyone else’s production is not seen, or not given the same regard or the same tick of approval (um) that this specialised group
get for their super commodities
that they create.

So,
what he, what he was interested in, is well hold on,
the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, these people have skills, they make creative decisions on how to create
and do their jobs effectively, um,
with what they have.
And so,
what what’s really needed is an expanded idea of what an artist is.
We need to take back the idea of creativity and how important that is, the art in our lives, so that everyone becomes responsible, as an artist.
And that’s what I truly believe what he is meaning by “everyone is an artist” is that everyone, it is not that everyone is off the hook ‘aw well anyone can be an artist, it doesn’t really matter’, it’s actually that he’s putting you on the hook, he’s saying ‘Hey, You
Garbage Man,
You,
 Business Man,
You,
Corporate Business Politician’,
‘You are the Artist therefore you are responsible for making sure that the product that you create has to be contributing to the holistic and comprehensive picture that is people living on this planet’.

And that responsibility is the art, it’s the,
it’s the way that you can conceive
that you fit in to this holistic organism
of
existing.

And at the moment we all know that there are massive holes of this holistic system of human beings existing,
From
our shit getting into the water when it’s naturally fertilizer, I mean ‘duh’ there’s a stupid um,ah mistake right away. You know, from driving fossilised fuelled cars that are destroying our environment, I mean ‘duh’ there’s a problem. I mean there are massive holes in our products that need artists, people to take responsibility for and to step up and what’s happening is instead of this idea of everyone is an artist being, being promoted by Institutions and our Academies and our, our our various power sources, the idea is, is, is squashed, it’s paved over.
Instead we have the elite group getting stronger and stronger playing out at the top of this power pyramid its little market of trinket selling,
of a one hundred and one different flavours of ‘everyone is an artist’ but without anything new,
without any new ideas, because the new idea would have to mean ‘well, hey,
maybe we’re not at the top of this power pyramid’, maybe we’re actually getting it wrong over, over and over again and all we’re doing is protecting our own little interests and making sure we receive a massive amount of profit for whatever trinkets we make.

So, we have to expand this idea of creativity, we have to expand this idea of art and we need to um,
let go.



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Jean E Loomis You are right! If everyone put their creativity into the job what ever that job is it would transform the outcome. You can see this very clearly in teaching - the difference between a teacher who is creative versus a teacher who is only there for the paycheck, huge difference in the student outcomes.
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    Wells Tao they DO put their creativity into their job, there is no avoiding this, even if that 'creativity' manifests as 'only there for pay check' conceptually that is language that can be articulated and negotiated with.. But recognizing this and linking it back to feeling responsible for what is being produced is made difficult, which also makes it worth while.
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Mike Nixon Like this, pecha kutcha tho ? , no if it is being charged for excessively ?, just collecting other peoples content to profit off it.
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Maia McDonald KIA KAHA, KIA MAIA, KIA MANAWANUI - TEHEI MAURI ORA - Tama tu, tama ora, tama moe, tama mate. AROHANUI X
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Neil Macgregor MacLeod Two more statements I like - "I am life being aware of itself." and Bronowski's observation - "We (humans) are Nature's experiment to see if intelligence has survival value."
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Neil Macgregor MacLeod Wasn't it the Balinese who claimed "we have no artists - everything we do is art." To implement your main argument we need that attitude - and we need to distinguish art which is an activity from the 'art world' which is just wheeling and dealing in the end result.
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Ali Bramwell beautifully succinct
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Alice Rose Before Art was signed and names became a commodity, there was Art to the glory of rich benefactors, usually prescribed by religion. Arts commercialism, and its 'superstars' seem to have developed out of this and taken over our right to participate, exp...See More
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Barry Thomas Here we go again...

Art is only leading seeding radical new memes in the pavement cracks of culture...framing elephants in rooms....See More
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Wells Tao "Good to see you starting to re-define art, artists, roles vs getting hooked up on 'what is it the art of?'" - Barry, the point of re-defineing is to answer the question what is it the art of?
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Wells Tao Again, your art definition is propoganda not art.
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Wells Tao Art's job is to do what it's told.
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Wells Tao don't sorry bro me, that's lame. You don't have any authority except your ability to reason and provide evidence of such, i.e it's not my experience that artists (at least the ones i've met) EVER know what it is that is great about what they have made. full stop.
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    Wells Tao your last point I almost agree with, but it's not 'people' it's you and me, and if you think this is what is needed, Beuy's wasn't wrong. But not widely understood. I could help you but you seem determined to be an artist. And i'm looking for those that want to shed that skin.
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Harry Silver Was that in the overseas terminal building in Wellington? Having a flashback, trying to remember if I remember.
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Wells Tao https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150498533072181&set=a.172933277180.132978.577792180&type=3&theater
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Jason Biggal We can expand on this idea we are all works of Art, Nature the greatest Artist of all perhaps, I guess the powers that may be, may not have wanted to hear that Truth, never the less there it is, in all its raw beauty and the Beauty of any work or Quote, un- Quote '' Art Works'' lays in the Beholder of their own perceptions and inspirations. How we perceive it is mostly up to our own thoughts. How we react or view it again is an individual perception that can be shared, so the art can be in many different forms or ideas or perceptions as thought patterns very greatly just as there are many, many different art forms and Artists, not just a simple set for certain individuals only. That's the Universal thread its access-able really to most if not all people on some level so we all participate as art and works of art. Weather its good or not is another story.
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Wells Tao I'm not talking about interpreting different pages from the bible. I'm talking about dropping the bible all together.
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Jason Biggal Again that's just one perception I 'm not talking about it either its an open comment about of whatever you want it to be, and many can't handle that concept'' so you let go or hang on to what ever truth or perception you want''
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3 comments:

Barry Thomas said...

The odd thing about your re=posting as blog the facebook comments people contribute... is that of late you have started editing them... but why? do they somehow not serve your purpose unedited?

Barry Thomas said...

for those who like unedited FB chats...

Here we go again...

Art is only leading seeding radical new memes in the pavement cracks of culture...framing elephants in rooms.

Good to see you starting to re-define art, artists, roles vs getting hooked up on 'what is it the art of?'

Anything new - by definition - is the result of a creative act (and or a creative re-seeing of that something).

Art has a social/cultural and the pressing - environmental job to do... it's called 'seeing what's coming' - or more dangerously... ''vision'.

New myths, memes, beliefs (knowledge per se) lead to new behaviour, relations et al - that's art's job.

Until the masses get to see those responsibilities in the job (the 9 malic moulds, the candlestick makers etcy.) as makers of visible, felt, known beliefs or their agents - then soz bro but Beuys was wrong... and late. If you only make and don't comprehend the meaning and costs and benefits of the things you toil at then you are a. not truely sentient (conscious) and b.not an artist.

People have been extracted from the responsibility of delivering meaning through their work - this is precisely what we/they need to regain.
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Wells Tao "Good to see you starting to re-define art, artists, roles vs getting hooked up on 'what is it the art of?'" - Barry, the point of re-defineing is to answer the question what is it the art of?
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Wells Tao Again, your art definition is propoganda not art.
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Wells Tao Art's job is to do what it's told.
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Wells Tao don't sorry bro me, that's lame. You don't have any authority except your ability to reason and provide evidence of such, i.e it's not my experience that artists (at least the ones i've met) EVER know what it is that is great about what they have made. full stop.
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Wells Tao your last point I almost agree with, but it's not 'people' it's you and me, and if you think this is what is needed, Beuy's wasn't wrong. But not widely understood. I could help you but you seem determined to be an artist. And i'm looking for those that want to shed that skin.
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Barry Thomas ha... I suspect you will likely spend much of the rest of your life figuring out what your art was the art of AND what purpose that has/had and that's just the way of it IMHO... hence the need to rationalise and share the understandings.
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Barry Thomas Not propaganda Tao just experience, my own individual thoughts and musings, logics, truths
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Barry Thomas Art is also magic... it obeys no-one... it is nature really - off on its own junket to bring the news, sing the blues and give the chews clues
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Wells Tao what you are doing now is fine, propaganda for art, pupae stage I get it. Only I like your other work, propaganda propoganda better. Just my opinion. Looking forward to your enviromental work, "tears of tane'.
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Barry Thomas I suspect others may have to deliver that meme
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Barry Thomas you can spread its word lol
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Barry Thomas and its peanut butter
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Wells Tao that's what we are doing here
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Barry Thomas indeedeedoodee
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Wells Tao delivering mems to the man
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Barry Thomas so tell me what is tears of Tane the art of?
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Wells Tao propaganda
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Barry Thomas propagationist
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so you tell me said...

I've started to edit the posts because Face crack no longer allows me to cut and paste, so I've entered into a more hands on approach and as, I've started to cut out the crap.

I wish you would think a little more about what you are saying Barry, I feel that you and I agree and that most of what you are saying is simply your maniac ego wanting to say it your way. Would be great in my opinion, if you could learn to see this. But that's just my opinion.