"In the vertical career trajectory, climbing the ladder is taken very seriously by those climbing. Those at the top have to watch who is climbing up behind them, as well as who they are trying to step over to get to the very top. There are only so many options for getting to the top of one’s career by the standards set up by the gate keepers. Gate keepers have their own set of rules to climb by. With everyone rushing to the top, and with only so many slots to fill, ethics often get overlooked. Here are some things I see often, and want artists to consider when making certain choices of how to proceed."
"a garden should be designed to have a life throughout the year, not just in the spring and summer….If you make a four-season garden you have to learn to accept decay and see the beauty of it. It’s about the texture and shape, the seed heads and skeletons. So instead of using the scissors you use your eyes.”
"Supporting today’s artists in the creation of new work is essential to human progress — not as a luxury, not as a leisure activity, but as a vital and necessary force in society. Artists’ communities are not about retreat; they are about advancement. Advancing creativity. Advancing human progress. Advancing the way we examine the world."
an estimated 500 artists’ communities in the US and approximately 1,000 worldwide
15,000 artists are in residence each year
residencies provide $40 million in support to artists annually
65% are multidisciplinary, serving visual artists, writers, composers, filmmakers, choreographers, and others
60% are in rural areas and small towns, while 40% are in urban areas
75% are engaged in eco-stewardship – including historic preservation, land conservation, and sustainable living practices
90% have public programs that engage the local community
“Split Second invites the Brooklyn Museum’s online community to participate in a project that will result in a small installation of Indian paintings from the Museum’s permanent collection. Taking its inspiration from the critically acclaimed book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell, this online experiment and resulting installation will explore how our initial reaction to a work of art is affected by what we know, what we’re asked, and what we’re told about the object in question.”—
As much as I love New York City, after 5+ years here I can understand why some people leave. I’d like to leave some day, if only for a moment and live someplace else. When and if that happens, I hope New York will understand and take me back when I’m ready.
An Essay by Joan Didion:
Part of what I want to tell you is what it is like to be young in New York, how six months can become eight years with the deceptive ease of a film dissolve, for that is how those years appear to me now, in a long sequence of sentimental dissolves and old-fashioned trick shots—the Seagram Building fountains dissolve into snowflakes, I enter a revolving door at twenty and come out a good deal older, and on a different street. But most particularly I want to explain to you, and in the process perhaps to myself, why I no longer live in New York. It is often said that New York is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also, at least for those of us who came there from somewhere else, a city only for the very young.
Paul Mason, BBC News’ excellent Economics Editor: “We’ve had revolution in Tunisia, Egypt’s Mubarak is teetering; in Yemen, Jordan and Syria suddenly protests have appeared. In Ireland young techno-savvy professionals are agitating for a “Second Republic”; in France the youth from banlieues battled police on the streets to defend the retirement rights of 60-year olds; in Greece striking and rioting have become a national pastime. And in Britain we’ve had riots and student occupations that changed the political mood.
What’s going on? What’s the wider social dynamic?
My editors yesterday asked me put some bullet points down for a discussion on the programme that then didn’t happen but I am throwing them into the mix here, on the basis of various conversations with academics who study this and also the participants themselves.
At the heart of it all are young people, obviously; students; westernised; secularised. They use social media - as the mainstream media has now woken up to - but this obsession with reporting “they use twitter” is missing the point of what they use it for.
In so far as there are common threads to be found in these different situation, here’s 20 things I have spotted:…”