Posts Tagged ‘Interview extracts’

”Art has always been useful, even when it insists it is not. Art has valorised wealth, art has set ideals for racial, class and gender superiority, and art has even created an escape from politics. What we are asking for is art to be self-consciously useful for social change.”


”We live under capitalism so there is nothing that you or I do that is not influenced by capitalism: from how we think about our art to the way we brush out teeth. There is no outside; no autonomous realm. But we can be conscious of this fact and from within this space and within these confines use our art to reflect back – in the long-standing artistic tradition of mimesis – upon capitalism. We can also do something even more important: use our creativity to imagine something, someplace different: utopia. These utopias are, as the Greek roots of the word suggests, no-place. They are fictions only imagined within and through our current situation, yet they can give us a direction and a path out of the present and into a new, and as of yet nonsensical, future. Art, at its best, has always done this”



The whole interview can be found here: 


”The question is useful for whom? The art scene as a playground for the wealthy is an especially decadent aspect of America’s decline. I think art has more purpose than just entertainment. It has a social responsibility to be an uncorrupted voice, giving the truth a form everyone can understand.”

”The special thing about real art is that it is independent of the economic system. That makes art predestined to represent an objective view. That is the true value of art, not some fantasy market value. The value of art is the contribution it makes to understanding reality. To fulfill this function it cannot be compromised by ideologies or special interests. The only interest real art serves is the interest of life itself.”

”For me, real cultural production is the result of the artist’s interaction with social reality. Real art is the communication of emotional information that is meaningful to people in general and not just a commodity for a few wealthy collectors.

Real art cannot serve capitalist interests. It is a revolutionary medium that can help us realize a better future.


 Find the whole interview here: