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Sunday, May 31, 2009

THE FUTURE OF THE ARTS

The Future holds many dramatic events, from the extinction of 20% of all creatures of earth , the coming collapse of all oceanic fisheries, to the advent of 9 Billion humans beings on earth. One understands the pressing concerns of governments will be to feed and police their huge populations, so what will become of public art venues? Will our leaders keep supporting the arts? What about the general population attitude towards the arts in turbulent times? One wonders if the arts will fall upon a similar fate shown in Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron ). How will the Arts be presented in times ahead? What will happen to the thousands of art museums that dot the world?How will art be presented to possibly traumatized masses? Will art be safe? What is the future of the Art Museum?

7 comments:

  1. I never saw a art museum in Mad Max..

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  2. Chris Jokes but prehaps there is one somewhere. Art has an intrinsic value.. one that effects even uneducated laymen. I was once inpsired by a moment in kevin herberts Novel- Dune House Atredies. In the story a leader of a major house of the Landsraad was entertaining Duke Leto and in his office was a Piet Mondrian! This masterpiece had survived 5,000 years into the future! This miracle means that generations of caretakers somehow managed to keep the relic from destruction a hundred times over!

    Art can and will survive..

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  3. Art can and will survive but in what form will it be viewed and experienced?..Is it realistic to imagine that the materials used in the making of a work will last 5000 years?.. or will great pieces of work be viewed on a flat video monitor accompanied by a comprehensive list of references which the viewer can browse through and digest at leisure?

    Also we have to remember that the uneducated laymen has always provided the foundation upon which "art" stands..

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  4. Is it possible to design a building/structure that would empower the laymen and be adaptable enough to endure and evolve through the years?

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  5. Yes... anything is possible.

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  6. Why are we protecting art. Is it not the very nature of art to test presumptions. If it works it is absorbed and maintained and if it fails it doesn't need to be remembered.

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  7. Christopher Burch's comment on the video monitor not only speaks to preservation of a work of art, but to many other things as well. It also leads to interesting questions about data overload. Our lifespans are extending, some of our materials hang around forever (plastic)... Should we be living such long lives and are we really meant to keep so many things for so long? Are we becoming greedy? Is it possible that access to so many works of art from the past will hinder rather than help the contemporary artist? Is this happening already? Should some things just dissolve?

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