This post is the beginning of a much longer adventure, so do have a look and if looking liking, keep reading. There’s a lot here I found resonant, and that echoes a lot of my own feelings and intentions, although I don’t really have my thoughts about creativity and society in anything like this coherent an array, as yet. In face of all the things out there that are difficult, painful, and just plain wrong, we need hope. This is a series of blogs that are all about how we find and develop hopeful, viable ways of being. Enjoy.
Creative Escapology in the Age of Austerity
by Kevan Manwaring
This article was written as a commission for the Doggerland journal – to make it more web-friendly, I will serialize it here in digestible extracts. It’s initial title was ‘Prepping for the Art-apocalypse: creative survival in the Age of Austerity’ but I decided that just fed into the current Neoliberalist, survival-of-the-fittest, paradigm and its predilection for ‘disaster-porn’. I want to offer a more positive approach, although the question I started it with still stands:
In an era of philistine-funding cuts in the arts, corporate-controlled channels of consumerism, and a fear-fuelled conservatism in commissioning and programming, what strategies are available to us to foster artistic survival?
Welcome to the Smeuse-House
The whole is made up of holes. We stitch together our rags and tatters and make something out of nothing. Slowly the picture emerges. Metonymically, to the arrhythmia of…
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