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Slaves of the Internet - Dance Monkey Dance!

Oct
27
Art Work IS WorkI am absolutely impressed by this article on the New York Times website. Tim Kreider speaks some invaluable truths about the times we face as artists - and I cannot help but wonder if, as he labored so lovingly to smith these words, if he was aware he would share more than HALF of the page with advertisements...  I  won't beleaguer the point with too terribly many pull outs, but start with this one perhaps.

"This is partly a side effect of our information economy, in which “paying for things” is a quaint, discredited old 20th-century custom, like calling people after having sex with them. The first time I ever heard the word “content” used in its current context, I understood that all my artist friends and I — henceforth, “content providers” — were essentially extinct. This contemptuous coinage is predicated on the assumption that it’s the delivery system that matters, relegating what used to be called “art” — writing, music, film, photography, illustration — to the status of filler, stuff to stick between banner ads."


This is an appropriate moment to segue into another similar story.  Mind you, the language might be too abrasive, course, off color or offensive for some, and it's questionable as to the "work safeness"...
Titled "I Jump for Cash Bitch", only one pull out is necessary to frame the whole story:

"That may be so but the label "some dick who wants free shit" does not require CSI profiling and while I am no lawyer, I question whether testimony comprising "I paid an agency to provide me files, I lost the files, I now demand some guy who used to work there give me new files" would have much legal standing but best of luck with that."
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Art, Artists, and Committing to your Craft

Oct
25

A pair of really great articles to share on a topic that's really been hitting home with me.  The first does a good job of covering territory such as placing a firewall between your "other" professional life, and your art.  The second discusses your own view of yourself, dealing with the world and being honest - with yourself.  I've known many artists (myself included) who DON'T give themselves enough credit.  I recommend both!


"I spent too many years neglecting my muse. I believed creativity was finite, that when I gave my creativity to my employer, there was none left for my art. But creativity is not a fossil fuel of finite supply that must be transported in pipelines and on ships and driven around in automobile tanks. Creative thinking, I’ve learned, begets more creative thinking. A creative breakthrough at one’s day job can inspire a blizzard of creativity with one’s late-night or early-morning art."

"There are constraints and requirements outside of your artistic career that take up a lot of your time and attention. You must pay rent. You must eat. You must socialize and be able to afford some form of entertainment to keep yourself sane. Sometimes it feel likes you have to maintain a whole second life on top of the first one and that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. It’s too easy get caught up in the “everything else” of our lives."

“You’re a professional performer and a writer. That’s how you should represent yourself.”
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