Thursday, July 16, 2009

But is it Art? Carrot "Bomb" bombs

During the inauguration of the new art museum in Kalmar a suspicious individual sneaked around the premises mounting sculptures made of carrots, alarm clocks, red and blue cables, metal wire and tape. On direct orders from the Swedish secret police the performance was stopped since the Culture Minister refused to give her inaugural speech if it were to continue.

The speech , as it later turned out, was about how art must be allowed to be free and provocative.



JR said...

I'm going to go out on a limb and say "art" is entirely subjective. Whether something is art or not, and if it is, what are its merits.

Something may be art in the mind of the "artist" - or maybe not - maybe in this instance it wasn't intended as art at all but as a prank. Of course then one could get into a discussion about the artistic content of a prank. Anyway, maybe the secret police thought it was a real security threat. But whether or not they thought so, one could still discuss their reaction as an artistic element of the prank. Also, maybe the police could have given the prankster a butt-load of buckshot as an added artistic contribution to the scenario.

Then again .................... :)

Halfwise said...

JR - Everything is art, at least potentially.

That is, until public money is involved, and then some sort of standard ought to apply, but of course no one is wise enough to own that standard.

So things that are just smart-alecky get paid for as if they were art and then whining starts if the money stops because some flinty eyed bastard decides it should be spent on, I dunno, potable water treatment or repairing a bridge, or left in the taxpayer's pocket in the first place.

I like the idea of provocative art, but it should not come with immunity / impunity for the provocateur, and it should not be paid for by you and me.

JR said...

I agree Halfwise, There are always a number of public art pieces around most cities that I'd not want to contribute money to given the choice. Sometimes I get the feeling that the biggest part of the "art" in some of them was in conning the politicians and bureaucrats into buying the stuff - the art of the "con".