Constantly moving with a project in mind can be very demanding. The current trend is to move between the occupations that surround pistachio nut cultivation, production, and sale, which means juggling information around in ones head very fast as we go from person to person. Despite the way that I have phrased that, we are not just rapidly working our way through a set list of people with the hope of tripping over something. Rather, having made educated decisions about which subjects are critical to the research and having broken these angles down, our method is to approach each party in an attempt to nurture a rounded idea of each subject. This is mentally demanding.
The past few days have been very interesting but again they have been very intense. Something that I have to admit is that I haven’t really allowed myself to acclimatise which makes it difficult. The locals siesta and I have not adapted to do that although it is wise to do so. Instead I wake early and work throughout the day and sleep late at night. The daily cycle seems slower to what I am used to coming from England but again this is to do with climate and the fact that things will happen in their own time. I have to learn this. My English attitude is not stupid but it isn’t healthy here. The body and the mind must rest, I have an aptitude for over-working and I must learn to respect myself more.
Earlier I read through an article on the subject of creativity within contemporary culture. The article stated the view that a critical development in arts practices has taken place wherein the arts have steadily moved away from being to do with humanities to being about design and commerce. Now it seems senseless to say that art has never been about money because all trades are about money. Or is that the problem, the use of the word trade in parallel with the word money. I suppose in some way it is, whilst in another way it isn’t. What I mean is that the idea of exchange is something that does not need money, in fact money has nothing to do with trades themselves, it has only to do with debt. Money being symbolic of the indebtedness of one person to another, perhaps in exchange for the use of ones trade. Without money is perfectly fine to imagine that a piece of art could be exchanged for goods or for the use of another trade. This is almost unimaginable now because we are unable to gage value without referring to money(debt). So perhaps then it is logical to see the relocation of the arts from human concerns to financial interests. Why this might not be the problem is because of the fact that we are utilising a monetary system and it is a matter of function to sell work for money. This does not mean that the money needs to dictate the quality and style of the work, rather the tastes of the collectors ought to be diverse enough to favour an unlimited range of styles. More to the point we are not talking about art being brought and sold but rather the arts themselves are changing to be more based in furthering commercial ventures than they are about being artworks. Design schools, which are not art schools, are becoming the emphasis, the idea of having a career as an artist is increasingly manifested in the workshops of businesses, the artwork is “commissioned” and designed. Art has always had purpose but the design schools promote manufacture and intellectualism. Perhaps I am wrong, but the new age artist cannot be a designer, not only is design a rapidly dated line of work but a designer cannot comment on the experience of being alive because the designer creates the experience of being alive. Perhaps the only similarity between art and design is that they both promote theft.
At any rate the document that is being wrote about posed this (albeit heavily cut-up and paraphrased) conclusion:
“We must go back to the original question of creativity and alienation…which does not favor the endless externalization of creativity as new objects and ideas, but favors the creation of a new economy that takes “life” as its first consideration… we demand a new form of artistic practice that is not within the critique of the art itself [but] the artistic system as a whole. We need to build a community that sustains amateur production and artistic production, and that doesn’t belong to the entrepreneurs, or the computer scientists, or the geeks.” (Reclaiming Culture and Creativity from Industry and the UK “Creative Economy” : Towards New Configurations of the Artistic System, DOXA, Yuk Hui and Ashley Wong, 2010)
I would like to add some nice pictures to this blog today but I don’t have time. It should probably be added that whilst it might seem that I don’t appreciate Design or see any merit in it the truth is definitely contrary to this view. There is a lot to be learned from design practice and it is highly valuable to society. I thought that I should add that for reasons of clarity.