out for a bit of support in facebook land if it is possible. Got some
shit news tonight, thought I had the support of a major institution in
an on going dispute with a Public institution that acted and continues
to act unprofessionally towards me with the excuse that no one likes me
anyway and those that do are all degenerate dole bludger so don't count
anyway. Instead they did a 180 on me, refusing even to engage with my
original inquiry which had set them off on my behalf in the first place.
My reputation for creating revelatory ironic poses sure does seem to be
being rapidly cast as simply trouble making, grand standing etc, etc. I
can't help admire though the way I can still light up the ghosts of a
conscience in this machine... good evening.
Jeff HammWell, that sure sucks. On the other hand, it means your artistic works have struck a chord, and that's a good thing.
the only intelligent posts I receive...t.b.h. Possibly a little too
intelligent for me to comprehend at times, but never the less VERY much
appreciated- u would be missed, therefore u r impacting-
Wells TaoWell it was always being hijacked as I recall which was the excitement of the thing. For me there was a format change that some how disrupted the exchanges. But yeah was f'n great while it was
Ross ForbesRe the academia thing......lately i have been toying with an title that echoes the 60s phrase "the military/industrial complex"....its "the academic/artistic Complex."....a huge bloated institution that co-opts artists into working for it in return for...See More
Wells TaoRoss, I don't believe that the institution blinds them to its shortcomings. In my experience it is exactly the opposite. The fact that artists who work for universities do not transparently promote that with their work is precisely because of their awareness of the way in which that fact will frame the work. Their collective behavior proves the existence of this refusal to engage with this dirty water, clean their own pool.
Ross ForbesIt might be so. I don't want to slip into the Kiwi Bogan Stereotype of academics being eggheads who cant fix a Holden.I know there is a huge constituency out there all too ready to jump on to the antiacademic line..My issue with academia and artists is, hopefully, more nuanced than that and is more centered on how arts "meaning" has....over the last 30 or 40 years of academic imperialism within artistic culture...being transformed to reflect the interests of academia and not the emotional life of the culture at large. Its as if MacDonald's got hold of art schools 40 years ago and we now have a whole generation of artists who see art in terms of the ethos of the Franchise Owner.Their is also a corresponding defanging of political intent in the art produced by the various franchises. I know at AUT when the Occupy thing was happening at Aotea square just a few blocks away there was no mention of it....Artists use to lead revolutions once....not write learned articles on it for their Masters in a language designed to appease their academic paymasters....Its Revolution-lite, a radical stance just sufficient to earn a PHD or a Masters.....radical chic for the economically comfortable....Chomsky has attacked the philosophical founding fathers of artistic academia--the French post structuralists--- for their lack of political engagement and I'm with him on this one. The great Australian writer Robert Hughes described the product of the 1990's art schools as "an enclave of abstract complaint". Writing in the 90's he asks....'did Vaclav Havel and his fellow playwrights, intellectuals and poets free Czechoslovakia by quoting Derrida or Lyotard on the inscrutability of texts?. The world changes more than at any moment since 1917, perhaps since 1848 and the American academic left keeps fretting about how phallocentricity is inscribed in Dickens portrayal of Little Nell'.''... The Chomsky line on this would be that such abstract "criticality" is a factor in keeping the one percent in power by creating the illusion of resistance to power....an illusion that enables the economic elites to continue their plunder under the cover of "democracy
Wells Taoof course. But we should know who they are, and I don't. I know of many who agree with the idea in principle, but feel unable to practice it for unestablished reasons. My intention is to get a public debate going around this issue. Free Speech and the public institution.
Wells TaoYeah, I've been approached by a reporter, it may be the right time to let it all come out.. it's just a lot of work, a lot of anguish and a lot of work... I'm trying to get there in a way that is safe for me, safe for my family and worth it in the long run.
Barry ThomasYou are almost without parallel in this art world of Aotearoa. You dive into the cracks of contradiction and seed change by displaying the obvious inequities and issues and and and. We should call you 'the scalpel'.
Chloe Ann KingWells Tao ah hun! Not cool people like you who stand up and have a different voice and refuse to be silenced are always going to be labelled "trouble makers" (as if, this is a bad thing?!) and people will try to discredit you and possibly try and make you feel like there is something terribly wrong with you and what you do. Arts schools are pretty horrible places for this, I found after 5 years of art school at AUT that most of what the tutors said like "we want you to rock the boat and engage critically" wasnt really true. They just wanted compliant students who produced work that meet the criteria.
Katy Hodgsonwell, if it's any help, i have a job, one that comes with police vetting. so i'm not a degenerate dole bludger. i can't comment on liking you, cos we've never met, but i do like your stuff. i don't much like that other STUFF though. load of old rubbish. rock on.
Wells TaoWell I'm not sure what this means, but to me this show of facebook support has encouraged me to pursue the next level of thing creation, that I can imagine in this art work. Instead of worried and worn out, I feel genuinely excited about the 'new' ground, potentially there to be established. Thanks all of you.
Carol LandHello Tao, What do you need.?There are many things you present in Facebook that are very relevant and need to be challenged! I think people are very complacent today, not like we were in 80's 90's. This is where the nation is at. Many poor people who don't have enough to represent themselves for a number of reasons and many quite comfortably off who are not of need. The poverty gap is wider than ever. Keep challenging